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The latest construction update on TDIC’s flagship Abu Dhabi development

Estidama

Capital District pilots new sustainablerating system

pEarL dubai

One-on-one interview with chairman Abdul Majeed Al Fahim

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The Middle East's 25 tallest buildings under construction


Contents

may 2010

47 30 16

4 Editor’s Letter

37 project update: baniyas

6 news bulletin

Baniyas CEO Wael Tawil outlines phase one progress on Abu Dhabi's Bawabat Al Sharq development, due for delivery in December.

Stay in the loop with our pick of the region’s top stories of the month.

9 NEWS IN FOCUS: ksa How Saudi Arabia's growing population is driving huge residential developments.

10 report: developer RATING

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We profile the tallest buildings going ahead in the Middle East, and in contrast, 10 highrise projects that have been put on hold.

Landmark Properties' director of research & advisory comments on the emirates' deficit of 'grade A' developers.

43 supplier spotlight

15 Legal: labour law

Highlights from Munich's construction fair.

Clyde & Co clarifies relevant legislation ahead of May's deadline for employers to join the Wage Protection Scheme.

16 talk: pearl dubai

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38 25 tall buildings under construction in the region

News, appointments and product launches.

47 bauma 2010 51 breathable buildings Aldes Middle East director Gaëtan Pierrefeu on meeting unique ventilation requirements.

Chairman Abdul Majeed Al Fahim on the construction of Dubai Pearl and how tough times have brought developers, clients and customers closer together.

54 cement uncertainties

21 estidama to the test

GMMOS Group talks us through some recent tricky heavy-lifting tasks.

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council senior officials exclusively reveal how the development of Capital District is putting new Estidama guidelines to the test.

27 event insider: cityscape A short journey through Cityscape Abu Dhabi 2010 and its new component Citybuild.

30 cover story: saadiyat TDIC brings us up to speed on the developer's flagship project, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, including news of construction milestones and tenders.

Two leading UAE cement companies predict prices and forecast supply and demand.

57 how it's done

58 tenders A focus on Al Ain Convention Centre District and this month's full tender listings.

67 career ladder Edexcel MENA regional director Mark Andrews urges construction companies to value their staff or pay the price.

69 diary Your guide to must-go industry events and exhibitions in the Middle East region. May 2010

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editor’s letter

Showstopper

Publisher Dominic De Sousa

DRIVING YOUR BUSINESS AMBITION FORWARD.

Chief operations officer Nadeem Hood Sales director Liam Williams liam@cpidubai.com GSM: +971 (0)55 310 9256

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ast month, I promised to bring you all of the latest news from Bauma 2010 in Munich. Who could have foreseen that most of Europe’s airspace would have been closed due to the eruption of the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull (don’t ask me how to pronounce that), causing a giant ash cloud to linger over the area. Among the chaos, my flight from Dubai to Germany was cancelled. However, the show went on – albeit with an estimated 17% fewer visitors – and through the power of technology we bring you the highlights on page 47. Similarly, the rare situation was blamed for a lower number of overseas visitors to April’s Cityscape Abu Dhabi. But in spite of this, some impressive stands drew the crowds in and overall the show was declared a success. The large-scale model of how the capital is expected to look in 2030, displayed an Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council’s (UPC) stand, was certainly a crowd pleaser. While admiring it, I managed to collar UPC development manager James Reed and director of development review and urban design Saood Hamad Al Junaibi to find out more about the construction of the ambitious Capital District and how it is demonstrating the just-launched and eagerly-anticipated Estidama ‘green’ rating system (see page 21). Just around the corner, Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC) showcased a model of its flagship project Saadiyat Island, which is coming on nicely, with several large contracts due to be tendered soon. Turn to our cover story on page 31 for the latest development update. In fact, there is quite a focus on Abu Dhabi this month; on page 37, we discuss progress on the capital’s Bawabat Al Sharq project with Baniyas Investment and Development Company CEO Wael Tawil, who says phase one is on schedule for December’s delivery date. But that’s not to say the rest of the region is at a standstill. Our feature on page 38 profiles 25 of the world’s tallest buildings still under construction in the Middle East, 16 of which are in Dubai. On the other hand, six of the 10 tallest on hold are also situated in the emirate, reflecting recent market challenges. However, no matter what obstacles have to be overcome, be it a global financial downturn or acts of nature, this issue demonstrates that the show must go on.

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Saudi Arabia awards Aabar's 70% acquisition contracts worth $5.6 of Arabtec called off billion in quarter one KSA awarded contracts worth $5.57 billion for development projects in the Q1 of 2010, according to state news agency SPA. The largest chunk, worth 15.7 billion riyals, went to construction projects such as roads, schools or hospitals, SPA cited the finance ministry as saying, reported Reuters. The country plans to spend more than $400 billion until 2013 to upgrade its infrastructure.

Builders cut prices to win more contracts

Emaar's net income tr to reach US $207 milliiples on

Emaar Properties’ net inc ome rose to $207 millio n in quarter one, 2010 $64 million a year earlier , from , reported Gulf News. The first quarter perform ance exceeded most est imates by analysts. According to a recent Blo omberg survey of six ana lysts, the company was expected to report $91 million in the first quart er, while a Reuters survey had estimated the net pro fit at $159 million. Reven ue for the same period increased by 87% to $7 84 million. “The results look strong, but still no revenue bre akdown details [have been] released yet. We believe the main reason s for the strong results are higher-than-expected rev : enue from malls and ho tel businesses on the bac of higher occupancy rat k es and increased footfal l in Dubai Mall by 30% February,” said Credt Sus last isse real estate and con struction analyst Ahmad Badr.

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i are contracts in Abu Dhab Dubai builders chasing as t oa afl y sta to ces ir pri being forced to cut the in The according to a report es, sifi en int n tio eti mp co National newspaper. nts ntractors and consulta Many international co ' tes ira the United Arab Em have shifted focus to a l crisis brought work to cia an capital as the fin i. ba Du sites across standstill on building jects are being tendered pro re mo ile wh t Bu rly for roads and social in Abu Dhabi, particula d slow s are difficult to win an infrastructure, contract ntractors say. to be awarded, the co “buy uraged some firms to The situation has enco ozer a on s g for contract work”, meaning biddin turnover. ain int ma to profit basis e ntracting chief executiv Al Shafar General Co his t tha r pe pa National news Bishoy Azmy told The 40 as ny ma as m etition fro company faced comp rs in e public-sector tende som on ors act ntr rival co abi. the emirate of Abu Dh and with low margins, low ce pri “Even if you ose project,” said Azmy, wh you might not get the Dubai’s on nts me art ap of s company built hundred ment. Palm Jumeirah develop ing , nditions are also return co act ntr co s “Onerou e som m price expectations fro such as unreasonable se the t ep acc ors are willing to clients. Some contract , if only in name.” ain rem to t conditions jus s, placed dozens of bid Other companies have he “T i. y work in Abu Dhab but are yet to win an d they ur price is too high’ an ‘yo feedback is always said ,” sed iali ter ma s thing ha ask us to reduce it. No nager ma siness development Simon Kok, regional bu t. Eas le dd mpany UEC Mi at the engineering co

King Abdullah pledges $266 million medical city in Bahrain Saudi Arabia King HH Abdullah Ibn Abdul Aziz has pledged to build a SR1 billion ($266 million) medical city as a gift from the Saudi people to Bahrain and to the people of the GCC, reported Gulf News. The pledge was made by the Saudi Arabia monarch on the first day of a two-day visit to Bahrain, the first since he assumed power in August 2005. The medical city will be built in Bahrain and will be under the Arabian Gulf University (AGU). King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa expressed “profound gratitude” and said that all the GCC countries would immensely benefit from King Abdullah's initiative. The Arabian Gulf University has the honour to name the city “King Abdullah Ibn Abdul Aziz Medical City” in recognition of pioneering role of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques in the services of the Arab and Islamic nations,” AGU president Dr Khalid Abdul Rahman Al Ohali said. “The name is also a tribute to his generous support to common GCC development and to the Arabian Gulf University. We are confident that the university will be an outstanding centre for science and learning.”

ir US $1.7 billion ments have called off the Arabtec and Aabar Invest ed Reuters. take over Arabtec, report agreement for Aabar to shares, some c's ment boosted Arabte Although the announce of a major source r ilde bu bai deprives the Du analysts said the move ts. of funding for its projec to raise financing figure out how it is going to e hav l wil ec “Arabt is is going to be Th . bia mainly in Saudi Ara ts, jec pro its of e som for d of research and ney,” Saud Masud, hea a tough place to raise mo S told Reuters. for the Middle East at UB senior real estate analyst , now that they erm rt-t sitively in the sho po ct rea y ma ck sto e “Th m-term this will be an Aabar but in the mediu are not dependent on issue,” he asserted. 1, having hit a 2.3% higher at AED 2.7 Arabtec's shares closed g. din tra D 2.83 in earlier three-month high of AE s, gave no reason issued identical statement ich wh s, The two firm btec no longer Ara deal, but analysts said for the cancellation of the and that both n, pla ent ed a debt repaym issu bai Du r afte it d de nee both companies r valuations. Officials at firms likely disagreed ove Reuters. comment, according to could not be reached for to work together ue tin that they will con eed agr e hav ties par e “Th ming a strategic ure cooperation and for in good faith towards fut s said in statements in the future,” the firm partnership in Abu Dhabi Dhabi bourses. to the Dubai and Abu to take a 70% uary, had been for Aabar in The deal, unveiled Jan stake in Arabtec. Dubai World hit ditors to conglomerate Arabtec was among cre uld delay debt wo it t announcement tha by the group's November el. khe Na s also exposed to repayment. Arabtec wa state-owned Dubai .5 billion rescue plan for $9 's bai Du However, te funding for includes some immedia World last month, which en the pressure off, tak has to help pay its bills, el khe Na it un rty pe pro analysts said. l be paying ent means Nakheel wil “The Dubai World agreem al told Reuters. pit Ca aa erry, an analyst at Shu Ch y Ro ,” full in c bte Ara ities will follow suit government-related ent “It also implies that all added. TBP es to Arabtec in full,” he du ir the k bac pay e and over tim

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Millions of homes to be built in KSA Saudi Arabia’s population growth is driving demand for 1.5 million homes to be built by 2015. KSA-based Injaz Development Company VP marketing Mohamed Rabih Itani offers a market insight

Are there enough high-quality developers in KSA to supply these additional housing projects? There's still room for more high-calibre developers in the country. There are around six or seven developers operating locally, and most residential builders are small contractors. The market definitely needs more developers to cover demand, which will be at around 150,000 units per year for the next 10 years.

Which are the key areas of opportunity for housing in Saudi Arabia?

Schools & Day-Care Centers

Malls

Health Care Facilities

Villas

population will include new and costefficient construction technologies and solutions that will be eco-friendly and meet international standards. More developers are considering smart home solutions and increasing green areas. From a demographic point of view, the size of Saudi families is decreasing. The average number of family members is currently around 5.4, while it was 7.2 10 years ago. From a financial point of view, since development costs are going up, many families cannot afford to own large houses anymore. They are ready to sacrifice size in favour of affordability.

Senior Care Facilities

Semi-Detached Homes

Injaz Development Company VP marketing Mohamed Rabih Itani.

What development opportunities does Saudi Arabia’s housing market pose? KSA’s housing market is set to achieve record growth in the coming years

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Condominiums

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What unique housing solutions can we expect to see? The modern and huge residential projects that will be created to tap into the growing and youthful Saudi Arabian

What residential projects is Injaz currently involved in? At present we have two housing projects; Al Gamra in Riyadh, which comprises 2.5 million m² of mostly residential plots in the Northern part of the city and Al Marina, a 3.3 million m², mixed-use development in the Eastern Province located by the sea. These two are presently the biggest property developments in their respective cities. TBP

How will KSA’s infrastructure develop in line with these projects? Fuelled by forward-thinking and strategic government efforts, developments will not be limited to the residential sector alone, but will also

“There are six or seven developers operating locally and most residential builders are small contractors” due to the country’s rapidly-expanding population and its highly-resilient economy. The residential sector’s progress will positively influence related businesses such as property development, management, maintenance, and marketing, among others.

In terms of location, investors prefer to explore residential opportunities in Riyadh, the Eastern Province, Mecca, Al Madina Al Munawara and Jeddah.

cover education, infrastructure, tourism and other segments of the country's evolving economy. The government is investing billions in infrastructure development and the authorities are acquiring a fair percentage of open areas. Saudi Arabia’s property projects are directed more towards full master-plan development leading to the establishment of communities. This is not the case at the moment since the only built communities are the gated ones.

More developers are considering smart home solutions.

housing exhibition KSA’s upcoming key residential projects will be showcased at The Riyadh Exhibition for Real Estate and Architecture Development (RESTATEX) 2010 from May 9-12, 2010 at the Riyadh International Exhibition Centre.

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news report

news report

uaE lacks reliable developers, research reveals The emirates of Dubai and Abu Dhabi are rife with developers that tend to overpromise and under deliver, according to Landmark Advisory's Q1, 2010 Mind the Gap market report

fund management, research, consultancy, valuation and brokerage. The panel also included senior real estate agents, who interact directly with owners and tenants who buy and work or live in the spaces built by these developers,” said Downs. “The average experience in the local market is approximately five years. Considering that the freehold market started about seven years ago, this average experience in the local real estate market is representative.” The results uncovered a shortage of high-performing grade A developers in both emirates.

making the grade

Downs: The deficit of 'grade A' developers is a consequence of the irrational exuberance of the former real estate boom.

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deficit of ‘grade A’ developers in Dubai and Abu Dhabi means that the majority of units delivered between 2010 and 2012 will not meet clients’ expectations, according to Landmark Advisory’s Quarter One, 2010 Mind the Gap report. “Only 25% of the new supply expected to be delivered in the next three years will be from master

The Big Project. The Landmark report surveyed 52 developers in Dubai and nine in Abu Dhabi, identified as the UAE’s primary developers. These companies had at least five projects either delivered or under construction, with the exception of several companies which had large or niche developments. The evaluation was based on three basic criteria; product quality (based on

“a typiCaL issuE is that a dEvELopEr sELLs a ‘Luxury’ unit, but dELivErs standard QuaLity”

In Dubai, the highest grade awarded was A-minus, achieved by three developers (6%). However, 37 developers (71%) were rated C-plus or lower. Within this, 48% received a C-minus, C or C-plus, 17% were rated as D and 6% received a fail. The developers graded in this survey will be delivering just over half of all developments in Dubai by 2012. Of these developments, the majority (64%) will be delivered by developers rated in the C range, while developers rated A-minus will deliver 9% of projects and only 0.3% of developments will be handed over by developers who received a fail grade. Downs said that while most projects in Dubai faced delays, grade A developers either delivered within a reasonable timeframe of the anticipated completion date or, if more significant delays were faced, these developers would communicate well with their customers providing regular updates. In Abu Dhabi, only freehold/leasehold developers with five projects or more in development were surveyed; nine in total. Out of these developers, six received B-minus and above, with two reaching the highest grade in the emirate of B-plus. Two companies were graded as D.

Failing to meet expectations developers. The remaining 75% will be delivered by individual developers with much of this supply delivered by small and less-experienced developers,” Landmark Properties director of research & advisory Jesse Downs told 10

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the developer’s track record and ability to deliver the quality promised during marketing of the product), customer service and overall perception. “The panel included senior real estate executives from property management,

“Grade A developers typically build tangible real estate products that match up with the units marketed. “In other words, these developers deliver units that meet expectations in terms of size, layout, quality of fit-out,

and amenities and facilities available,” Downs explained. “It should be noted that developer grading does not always correlate with the grade of the building. For example, a grade A developer can build standard quality assets, but it would have marketed and sold these units as standard quality,” added Downs. On the other end of the scale, Down defines grade C developers as those that have delivered assets, but the tangible product does not fully meet expectations. Examples of problems are units that are smaller than the off-plan unit purchased, units with changes to the layouts and units with lower quality fit-out than promised. “A typical issue is that a developer sells a ‘luxury’ unit, but only delivers standard quality. These developers can provide decent customer service,

knew it would sell out,” said Downs. In real estate, there is often a twoto-three-year delay for trends to filter through to the product. This is simply because a development typically takes two-to-three years to build from launch to handover without any significant delays. So those developments handed over now and in the coming few years are a product of the irrational exuberance that peaked in Q2/Q3 2008, according to Landmark. The negative impact of market events over the past 18 months, including credit downgrades and Dubai World financial issues, is the increased risk premium that investors apply to this market, the company said. As a result, investors are expected to be more cautious and require higher returns in future, which will limit investment activity, especially from

“We also think there is a significant opportunity for a coordinated and well-designed urban regeneration plan. Ideally such a plan would take a holistic approach to city planning and improve existing building quality and integration of communities.”

standard solutions Looking ahead, Downs said the “real issue” is the evolution of regulations and enforcement. “The challenge is finding a balance because there is always the substantial risk of over regulation. “There is currently a number of relevant existing regulatory features that should help tackle these issues, but because of lack of clarity on interpretation or enforcement, the regulation has been ineffective to date,” she concludes. TBP

“wE aLso think thErE is a siGniFiCant opportunity For a CoordinatEd and wELLdEsiGnEd urban rEGEnEration pLan” but generally this is not a consistent service” asserted Downs. She said a developer receiving an F is typically one that has not yet delivered a project. Usually these developers have launched one to three projects, but they are either not out of the ground or still in very early stages of construction. Most of these projects are either on hold or unofficially cancelled. Usually these developers do not want to cancel the project because they would then be obliged to payback part or all of the purchase price back to the owner.

private and institutional international investors. This will also limit transaction volumes of assets under construction as there is increased uncertainty about the ability to complete the projects in a reasonable timeframe. However, the current market conditions can also lead to opportunities; there is still room for niche players, either for smaller high-quality niche developments or renovation of existing assets and possibly communities, said Downs.

source: landmark Advisory q1, 2010 mind the Gap report based on 52 developers surveyed.

source: landmark Advisory q1, 2010 mind the Gap report based on nine developers surveyed.

boom consequences “The current deficit of grade A developers is a function of the irrational exuberance of the real estate boom. Investors were purchasing units based on short-term plays and were often not interested in the quality of the unit or reputation of the developer. “Additionally, many of these developers had no track record to evaluate at that time and investors often did not care. Developers did not have to consider quality because they

Downs: The negative impact of credit downgrades in Dubai is an increased risk premium that investors apply to the market.

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understanding labour law

Ahead of the May 31 deadline for all employers registered with the UAE Ministry of Labour to join the Wage Protection Scheme, Clyde & Co seeks to outline and clarify legislation

The WPS is designed to ensure timely payment of workers.

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thorough understanding of labour law obligation is fundamental to successful construction contracting. One of the most recent initiatives of the UAE Government has been the introduction of a system aimed at

A key focus of the UAE labour law (the main piece of legislation being Federal Law No 8 of 1980 on the Regulation of Labour Relations) has always been the provision of a minimum set of terms and conditions for the protection of workers in the workplace. Where necessary, the Ministry of Labour has issued Ministerial Resolutions or Decrees to address specific issues such as health and safety, mechanisms to ensure timely payment of workers and working hours. The Ministerial Decree issued on July 20, 2009, implementing Cabinet Decree 133/1, obliges all employers that are registered with the Ministry of Labour to pay workers through the Wages Protection System effective from September 1, 2009 (depending on the number of workers engaged). Under the WPS regulations, an

“FaiLurE to CompLy wiLL rEsuLt in EmpLoyErs bEinG suspEndEd From obtaininG nEw- or rEnEwinG CurrEnt sponsorships” protecting the wages entitlements of workers by requiring payment of wages to be made only through registered institutions, with disclosure of payment details to the Ministry of Labour. The economic downturn has seen a squeeze on cash flow for all construction-project participants, a rise in the incidence in the non-payment of workers and increased industrial disputation. The newly-introduced UAE Wages Protection System (WPS), is part of the broader framework of laws aimed at protecting workers.

employer must pay workers at least monthly through an institution registered with the UAE Central Bank, which will send the WPS team within the Ministry of Labour a spreadsheet setting out the worker’s name, date of employment and the date wages were paid. All employers registered with the Ministry of Labour will be covered by WPS by the end of May 2010.

penalties for non-compliance Failure to apply the system will result in the employer being suspended

from obtaining new sponsorships or renewing current sponsorship, either until the system is applied or in the case of multiple breaches of WPS, for a specific period. The employer can also be prosecuted for repeatedly failing to apply WPS. During employment, deductions from salary are restricted to 10% of a worker’s monthly salary. Reductions in salary cannot be imposed unilaterally. Well-drafted construction and engineering contracts are likely to incorporate provisions requiring a contracting party not only to comply with its labour law obligations, but to be able to demonstrate compliance to the other party. TBP

PARTNER DAVID MCELVENEY A recognised construction, engineering and projects law specialist, McElveney has more than 22 years’ experience working on both contentious and non-contentious matters. Prior to joining Clyde & Co in 2008, he spent 12 years as partner heading up the construction and engineering group at Deacons international law firm.

SENIOR ASSOCIATE SARA KHOJA Currently senior associate – employment and incentives at Clyde & Co, Khoja has more than seven years’ specialist experience; advising clients in a variety of sectors including construction, hospitality, retail, technology and insurance. She has also worked with a large number of clients setting up businesses in the UAE and the Arabian Gulf Cooperation Council (AGCC) in general.

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talK pearl dubai

pearl dubai talK

Community build Pearl Dubai chairman abdul majeed al Fahim tells The Big Project that tough times have brought developers, clients and customers closer together, and explains why designing and building with the end user in mind is more important than ever

Al Fahim: dubai Pearl will cater to ‘tomorrow's children’ and their demands for energy-efficient buildings as awareness increases.

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rom his penthouse office, Pearl Dubai chairman Abdul Majeed Al Fahim keeps a close eye on the construction of Dubai Pearl visible below; a 20 million ft² mixed-use project he refers to as his “baby”. And all looks to be going to plan, with construction on track for its 2013 completion date (see box out for progress update), according to the developer. The four raft foundations have been poured; it took 44,000m³ of concrete to complete this stage. Construction from now on will be very fast, says Al Fahim. Located in Dubai Media City overlooking The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai Pearl is an integrated urban community, which is anchored by a dramatic tower and based on the principles of simple and sustainable design, and the efficient use of space. 16

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The development will house 9000 people and accommodate 12,000 people in its office buildings. In addition, there will be numerous entertainment facilities, food and beverage outlets, hotel rooms, pedestrian walkways and an emphasis on 24-hour living. “It’s going to be the most intelligent integrated community in the world —

which are constructed using a very new form of engineering, Al Fahim tells The Big Project. In fact, there are a lot of features that engineers all over the world will be looking at, he says.

DUBAI PEARL CONSTRUCTION UPDATE (APRIL 2010) tower one: Construction of columns is in progress, with columns on B1 and P1 levels already casted. Construction of core walls is in progress. The first jump has also been carried out and rebar installation for the second jump is in progress. Periphery beams on P1 level have been casted, scaffolding works for P2 level are in progress. Backfilling around tower has been completed and waterproofing for the raft has been completed.

putting customers first “We’re using the latest technology to build efficient buildings that are sustainable from an environmental and economical perspective. It’s about offering lower costs to the end user. While this costs more to develop, the end user will pay less for gas, electricity and water. Efficiency starts from design. “We have clearly distinguished this development from others being built in Dubai since day one by targeting the end user and by producing a living and working community. “Technology is an evolving business; we’re exploring new solutions investing in various adaptable technologies and bringing them together. The end user will be able to easily operate energysaving devices due to their simplicity. My intention is for my grandma to be able to utilise these resources; someone with no knowledge about technology,” reveals Al Fahim. Dubai Pearl will cater to ‘tomorrow’s children’ and their demands for energyefficient buildings, which will come with increased awareness and a culture change, he believes. Part of meeting these demands has involved vying for LEED certification; which Al Fahim says is “challenging” for a development of this size.

tower two: Installation of the concrete for the four raft foundations of dubai Pearl has already been poured and the development is on schedule, says Al Fahim.

surrounded by amenities. ‘Walkability’ is a key part of sustainability; people don’t want to use their cars for small journeys. Dubai Pearl has a 15,000-space car park where you can host your car without being worried about it. We have hotels, food and beverage outlets, entertainment, gyms, wellness facilities and everything required to create community living,” says Al Fahim. Pearl Dubai has formed a number of brand partnerships, including with

Baccarat, MGM, Quintessentially and Bellagio, among others. “You have to have significant components and gel them together. You cannot ignore the end user; you have to understand what they want, cooperate and supply it. “This is what we’re doing. This is the future; community should be in mind from the first instance.” When asked whether the global economic crisis has affected the

building for the future “The project will attract a mix of highdemanding consumers, expats and nationals. We’re creating a community

jump form system shuttering has been completed on B1 level while the setting of the platform is in progress. Columns construction on B1 level is in progress. Backfilling around the tower is completed and waterproofing for the raft is finished.

tower three: Construction of columns has commenced and is in progress. The columns on B1 level have already been casted. Periphery beam construction is in progress and is 70% completed. Construction of the core wall is in progress. De-shuttering works is in progress for preparation of the first jump. Backfilling around the tower has been completed. Columns construction on P1 level is in progress. Waterproofing for the raft has been completed. tower FoUr: Installation of the jump form system shuttering has been completed on B1 level. Installation of the jump-form upper-level platform is in progress. Backfilling around the tower is complete. Waterproofing for the raft has been finished.

“wE havE distinGuishEd this dEvELopmEnt From othErs in dubai sinCE day onE by tarGEtinG and undErstandinG End usErs” wait and see — from its design simplicity through to the architecture we have used to maximise the space. The plans include ‘hanging palaces’; luxury residences suspended 120m in the air,

that is going to be accepted universally — it’s going to be dynamic and comprise lots of walkways. The reason London’s Mayfair area is of such high value is because of its sustainability, it’s

dubai Pearl is designed to function as a community comprising a mix of expats and nationals who will live and work there.

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construction process or the demand for mixed-used developments in Dubai, Al Fahim asserts that the crisis in this region was “more sentimental”.

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The system comprises customdesigned steel jump form, which is made up of formwork panels and working platforms with a three-dimensional steel frame or ‘birdcage’ No need to change the panels during the lifetime of the project The steel frame and concrete forms are jumped as one; no forms need to be separately removed during the operation of jumping The system is jumped by the means of electrically-driven mechanical jacks and not by a hydraulic mechanism, which will eliminate the problems caused by hydraulic machines or pipes There is no need to have any type of push-pull props to support the shutters More effective and generally efficient than conventional forms as the time cycle is much shorter than most conventional methods of construction

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“We’ve been scarred, but we’re not afraid. At one time there was so much going on in Dubai, we were unable to attract enough attention.

in touch on a monthly, quarterly and annual basis to offer development updates and relax clients. And to keep himself relaxed and

“wE’vE addrEssEd issuEs, EmpowErEd staFF and i’m on hand to makE dECisions” “Everyone was engaged with one project or another and people around the world were not responding. “From 2007-2008, people did not know what their business was about. But today, the people who are still developing in Dubai are experienced and are developing projects with the future in mind,” explains Al Fahim.

staying close to the client “Today, you have discussions with business partners, share a closer relationship and you inspect corporations. It’s a developers’ market, we negotiate with contractors and suppliers. We’re not problem-free, but the problems are addressed. We’ve addressed issues, empowered staff and I’m on hand to make decisions and manage change,” he explains. Al Fahim says that a key feature for appeasing clients is a good CRM system, adding that’s it’s essential for keeping

motivated, Al Fahim says he only needs to look out of his office window to see the development progressively coming into shape. TBP

projECt partnErs summary Pearl dubai FZ LLC is a consortium of investors led by UAE-based Al Fahim Group and developers of Dubai Pearl

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Al Habtoor Leighton Group Enabling works Al Habtoor STFA Soil Group Lead architect and Schweger master planner Associated Architects Master plan integrator Arup Infrastructure consultant Cansult Maunsell Structural and civil works E.construct Landscape consultant WES


Estidama to the test Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council development manager james reed and director of development review and urban design saood hamad al junaibi tell The Big Project how the emirate’s Capital District is putting the just-launched Estidama Pearl Rating System to the test

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apital District, the largest single initiative within Abu Dhabi’s Urban Structure Framework Plan, Capital 2030, will be the first large-scale development to implement new sustainable standards set by Estidama. The anticipated Estidama Pearl Rating System (PRS), managed by

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Capital District is being developed in accordance with Estidama guidelines to set an example of best practice for other developers to follow. Eventually, most Abu Dhabi projects will receive a ranking from one Pearl to five; the highest rating a development can achieve after a detailed submission to an Estidama Assessor.

and the design consultants over the past two years to keep the development in line with all of the Estidama principles.” The 45km² triangular-shaped district situated between Abu Dhabi International Airport and the mainland will provide more than 32 million m² of office-, residential-, hotel-, retail- and leisure space, as well as key government

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Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) and designed to assess the sustainability performance of buildings, communities and villas, was unveiled at Cityscape Abu Dhabi last month, where UPC development manager James Reed revealed to The Big Project that

“Capital District will be its own city in many ways; a standalone development where we can implement best practice in sustainability, urban planning and leadership,” says Reed. “UPC’s Estidama team has been working with the Capital District team

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buildings, mosques, schools, community facilities and health amenities. In the UPC's promotional material, the project is referred to as "arguably Abu Dhabi's most sustainable and important development." The developent comprises six precincts;

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City Centre Precinct, the Sports Hub Precinct, the South Spine Precint, the Palace Precinct, Emirati neighbourhoods and — possibly most significantly — the Federal Precinct. The Federal Precinct will serve as the national seat of government for the UAE. It will be centred in a new ceremonial public space called National Square and will include the

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have a higher Pearl rating requirement than anything around." UPC director of the Capital District development Jody Andrews adds that the objective is to create a leading sustainable, modern Arab capital. "The Capital District reflects the passion and vision of the emirate's leadership to transform Abu Dhabi into an economically-, socially- and

“this is thE First sustainabLE standard appLiEd by GovErnmEnt. it’s GoinG to bE a GraduaL shiFt to brinG up standards” International Park and Monumental Park. It will also be home to other significant institutions, such as libraries and museums, as well as local, regional and national government ministries within the Ministries Zone and Institutions Zone. Capital District is slated to become the 'federal heart' of Abu Dhabi and will occupy the equivalent of 75% of the emirate's land mass. Reed says the government buildings within the Federal Precinct are "likely to

environmentally sustainable city that reflects the values, culture and heritage of its people," adds Andrews.

meeting objectives The design of the capital is based on 'Four Cs'; Capital, Central to Business, Connectivity and Community. The implementation of Estidama's Pearl Rating System (PRS) principles has been critical to meeting these objectives, according to Reed. The system incorporates a Pearl Building Rating

Abu dhabi urban Planning council director of development review and urban design saood hamad Al junaibi.

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System (PBRS), a Pearl Community Rating System (PCRS) and a Pearl Villa Rating System (PVRS). Together, they introduce rating practices across design and construction phases, and provide measurable guides for rating sustainability performance of communities, buildings and for largescale developments. The guidelines address seven key areas; integrated development process, natural systems, livable communities and buildings, water, energy materials and innovating practice. For each category there are mandatory and optional credits, as well as weights with maximum-credit points delivered to each. PRS will cover three levels; Pearl Design Rating engaged at design phase and relevant until construction is complete. Pearl Construction Rating introduced for two years from completion. And Pearl Operational Rating, which then assesses the operational performance of an existing development for a minimum of two years after completion (once 80% occupancy has been reached). Capital District, which is moving on from the master-planning stage to engineering, is implenting PBRS and PCRS guidelines that apply throughout the design and construction phases. UPC says that through the application of PRS, communities in Abu Dhabi will be equipped with walkable, shaded, well-connected streets and public realm for livability and reduced reliance on motorised vehicles. Buildings and villas will have a framework for measuring their sustainability performance and meeting goals by emphasising water and energy efficiency, optimum selection of materials, indoor environment quality and the reduction of waste. "Sustainability at this phase is looking at the guidelines in terms of infrastructure. So we're considering how wide roads are; can we reduce concrete by reducing the width of the roads? By applying the PRS we're ensuring we don't overbuild the infrastructure, or underbuild it," Reed says.

"How the area becomes livable — wider streets, shading and open spaces for example — are all part of the design and development process. Whether people want to stay living or working within the development is directly linked to sustainability and whether the project is a long-term investment."

tailored to fit Reed says the PRS addresses many aspects that are not considered within global rating systems, such as LEED or Breeam. He says this is because PRS has been tailored to the region. "The Pearl system is more localised than other systems. It looks at regional challenges like the climate." Reed asserts that projects within Capital District will adopt the PRS and will not vye for other certification; LEED for example. "We will encourage Pearl ratings of one-to-two Pearls or higher for individual projects. However, we understand that as ratings get higher the costs tend to go

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up so we want to be reasonable," he adds. But UPC director of development review & urban design Saood Hamad Al Junaibi says attaining a Pearl rating "isn't going to be as expensive as people think", but rather a "marginal percentage" of the total price. He adds that the return in terms of power and water savings can add up to as much as 30-40%. "This is the first sustainable standard applied by the government. It's going to be a gradual shift to bring up standards, but we have to move as soon as possible. Designs are not to the standard we would like to see," says Al Junaibi. However, he adds that the programme will be piloted in Abu Dhabi first, to make sure that it is "really workable in our own area". "Then we can look at applying the system in the UAE". Developers and design consultants are eligible to receive training by Estidama experts on how to apply the PRS in designing projects and rating their sustainability performance (training sessions will be announced on Estidama's website). Ratings are achieved by submitting a successful detailed submission to Estidama. As one of the system’s first clients, Reed says the guidelines have been “very easy to follow, implement from design stage and easy to accomplish without spending a lot more money”. “I’ve worked with a lot of governments and I’ve never seen anything so organised from a government agency with regard to sustainability. Most rating systems are voluntary; some people adhere to them because it elevates their efforts. But here it’s going to become part of the approval process to know, view and rate using the Pearl system, which will be highly efficient. “By doing this, you regulate and you help the municipality to measure sustainability issues and plan for the future,” asserts Reed. But before the system can become part of the approval process, awareness must be raised," concludes Al Junaibi. TBP www.topconpositioning.com Your contact in Middle East and Africa

A model of capital district shown close to Abu dhabi mainland. the project will equal up to 70% of the emirate's land mass.

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The Capital District has moved from the master-planning stage to the engineering stage, according to UPC development manager James Reed. Preparatory work to install infrastructure, including roads, water, sewerage, electricity, telecommunications and the foundations to build an extensive transport system has commenced. Initial preparations for the design and infrastructure were made in the second quarter of 2009, and Reed expects the core infrastructure to be

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completed by 2015. Infrastructure in strategic areas of Capital District is expected to be completed sooner to allow for project construction to progress in these areas. The infrastructure of the Emirati neighbourhood is expected to begin this year, with the first homes completed by 2011. Meanwhile, significant progress has been made on Zayed University covering an area of 80 hectares. “There are 16 cranes at this time so it’s moving along quite nicely.”


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A short journey through Cityscape Abu Dhabi 2010 and its new construction component Citybuild, which were both held at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) from April 18-22

CitySCaPe day one Cityscape Abu Dhabi opened to fewer visitors than expected attributed to the flight disruptions caused by ash clouds covering Europe following the eruption of an Icelandic volcano. Cityscape managing director Rohan Marwaha said thousands of visitors from Europe and the Americas had been unable to get flights to Abu Dhabi. However, more than 250 exhibitors from 36 countries were present, with a steady flow of visitors. The launch of a 23m x 17m model of how the UAE is expected to look in 2030 drew attendees to the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council stand. The 1:2000 scale model showcased major urban planning initiatives planned to cover the area from the Corniche to Shahama, Mussafah and Al Falah on the mainland, and including the islands of Saadiyat, Yas, Lulu, Reem and Sowwah.

Sheikh Hamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan views the Abu Dhabi 2030 model.

Cityscape recognised a growing potential for female investors.

L-R: Panel members Gurjit Singh, John Thomas and John Bullough.

market in Abu Dhabi. Asked about future investment opportunities in Abu Dhabi, Bullough said he saw future demand coming from a wide spectrum of the Abu Dhabi real estate market, but singled out the retail sector as the “unsung opportunity” with the UAE capital having relatively low retail space per capita. Singh identified the mid-range residential rental sector as a future investment opportunity. Thomas added that it would never be possible to completely eradicate the speculative element in real estate, but governments could bring in measures to control the speculators.

day two For the first time, Cityscape Abu Dhabi opened the exhibition to ladies only from 3pm until 8pm on Monday. The initiative recognised the growing potential of female investors in the Gulf, who are estimated to hold US $40 billion of the region’s wealth, according to the show organiser IIR Middle East. Marwaha said many female visitors are more comfortable discussing their investment or business plans with other women.

day three A panel discussion on Tuesday concluded that residential rental property and the retail sector posed the greatest investment potential. The panel comprised Aldar Properties CEO John Bullough, Mubadala Real Estate and Hospitality executive director John Thomas and Sorouh Real Estate COO Gurjit Singh. Singh said government investment in infrastructure, including rail and transport links, logistics, oil and gas and energy projects would have a beneficial effect on the property

day FoUr Cityscape Abu Dhabi 2010 was the platform for a series of important long-term announcements. Among which, Sorouh Real Estate signed an agreement with the Urban Planning Council to develop Watani, a master plan community for UAE nationals at a cost of $1.5 billion. And a $199 million contract was signed by the Department of Municipal Affairs with Aldar to provide the infrastructure for a development of around 1045 villas, a school and facilties in Al Ain.

Thumbs up: HH General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

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Up to 842 projects in the UAE are on hold, according to Proleads.

CityBUiLd day one Launched this year, Citybuild Abu Dhabi held alongside Cityscape Abu Dhabi brought together suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, architects, engineers, importers and procurement managers. On day one, a study released by Proleads Global reported that 1296 projects, valued at more than $418 billion were currently being built within the UAE, with an additional 303 projects worth $143 billion already in the design, planning or bidding stage. “The construction boom has slowed down in the UAE as it has elsewhere but there are still 1600 projects worth more than $560 billion either in execution or about to start construction in a more sustainable approach to development,” said IIR Middle East group director Graham Wood. The UAE civil construction market covers 2552 projects with a combined budget value of almost $930 billion. Up to 842 projects with a value in excess of $350 billion are on hold as a result of the economic slowdown and a further 111 projects valued at more than $14 billion have been cancelled, according to the study.

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The latest building products and techniques were showcased in an ‘Innovation Zone’ on Monday. Sustainable technology and environmentally-friendly products took centre stage, with Masdar leading forward-thinking organisations to invest in the latest building materials and products that help to reduce a building’s carbon emissions,” according to Wood. Among the exhibitors was Reem Emirates Aluminium, which had developed a new window system that is said to save up to 50% of energy costs with an initial outlay just 2-3% higher than conventional windows. Tyco promoted its latest energyefficient hot-water system and building materials supplier Mapei demonstrated its latest range of building solutions, including the new Ultraflax S2 mono adhesive, which the company says provides 20% more coverage than its competitors.

A Mapei representative demonstrates its latest innovation.

day three Al Jaber Group COO Fatima Obaid Al Jaber scooped the first Woman in Construction Award at Citybuild Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. “By receiving this award I hope to be opening the doors for more women to follow,” said Al Jaber, who was among a number of winners to receive Citybuild Excellence in Construction Awards. Judges were looking for an individual who had overcome the real and perceived obstacles of working within a male-dominated industry, according to Wood.

Fatima Obaid Al Jaber accepts the Woman in Construction Award.

“Fatima Al Jaber has forged a successful career in this competitive industry, providing a pioneering role model and inspiration for future generations of women working in construction,” he added. As Al Jaber Group's executive director and COO, Al Jaber’s key responsibilities cover many areas.

day FoUr The inaugural Citybuild 2010 laid foundations for new business opportunities in Abu Dhabi, concluded organiser IIR on the show’s closing day. “Abu Dhabi is now the focus for the construction industry as the emirate powers ahead with multi-billion dollar infrastructure development plans,” said Wood. “Our participation in CityBuild Abu Dhabi reaffirmed our strong presence in the Abu Dhabi market, which has been a key growth destination for our products and services,” added RAK Ceramics CEO Dr Khater Massaad. Exceed Industries, a specialised manufacturing and investment company, showcased building and construction infrastructure at its stand. CEO Dr Ahmad Khayyat said the show brought together key industry leaders. TBP

Participants said Citybuild brought together key industry leaders.


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Dhabi developed by TDIC. In addition, Saadiyat Beach Villas are under construction and when complete will provide an elite residential community comprising 354 villas. TDIC has already made significant progress on the development of the island, for example Saadiyat Beach Golf Club was completed and welcomed its first visitors in January. And phase one of the island’s designated exhibition area Manarat Al Saadiyat — in the Saadiyat Cultural District — launched in November last year with the opening of Art Abu Dhabi Gallery. Plus, phase one of Saadiyat Construction Village recently opened. The development will eventually house up to 40,000 workers employed during the construction of the island. Al Qassimi tells The Big Project that TDIC has also set aside land adjacent to the Construction Village in anticipation

The latest construction update on TDIC’s flagship Abu Dhabi development

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ocated 500m from the centre of Abu Dhabi, the 27km² Saadiyat Island is Tourism Development & Investment Company’s (TDIC) flagship development. The project will be launched in phases between now and 2020. When complete, it is expected to become a premier destination providing leisure and tourism facilities, as well as civic and cultural institutions to around 145,000 residents. All components of the development are required to meet sustainable objectives relating to water and energy consumption, sustainable transport, community and livability, conservation and habitat protection, enhancement of cultural heritage, materials, pollution prevention and waste management. Furthermore, TDIC says sustainable design principles have been employed for all building typologies and community developments.

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A Contractors' Environment Rating Scheme is being implemented. Environmental inductions and training are being provided, followed by regular internal and third-party auditing to assess compliance with TDIC regulations and the requirements of Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD). In addition, a waste-management strategy has been implemented; the first component of which is the installation of a recycling facility for construction waste. An ongoing Mangrove Management Plan and operation of a mangrove nursery continues, with more than 70,000 mangroves grown to date.

key components A number of components make up Saadiyat Island, these include Saadiyat Cultural District, which features Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, Louvre Abu Dhabi and Zayed National Museum, for which the main contract will go to

of future accommodation demands from subcontractors. Other milestones include the connection of Saadiyat Island to the mainland with the opening of the Sheikh Khalifa Bridge. The main interchange of Saadiyat Link has been completed and comprises seven bridges and one tunnel. Phase one works for the landscaping surrounding the expressway are also complete, while phase two commences in quarter one of this year. In the second quarter of this year, TDIC has scheduled for ground to be broken ready for the main sewage plant to be installed. And one of the four 132kV electrical substations is complete, while the remaining three are expected to be operational by quarter four, 2010. The underground cables are being installed in sequence with the substations.

Asked whether the Saadiyat Island development had been affected by th global economic downturn, Al Qassimi says: "We're pleased to say there has been no change to the development schedule for any TDIC projects that are already underway. "However, while we are moving ahead and on schedule with all of our announced projects, we have taken the recent challenges facing the real estate industry into careful consideration when evaluating projects that are in the pipeline. We do this by continually monitoring the markets and re-examining the feasibility of projects to ensure they will bring longterm benefits to the UAE." Here, The Big Project provides construction updates on some of the key ongoing components of the Saadiyat Island development, based on TDIC’s Project Delivery Update April 2010 report.

SAADIYAT CULTURAL DISTRICT tender in June and will be returned by August. Work is expected to commence in November and be completed by September 2010. "The main contract for Louvre Abu Dhabi went to tender in March and will be returned by June. Work is due to start in September and will be completed by September 2013," says TDIC senior communications manager Sheikha Mahra Al Qassimi. "TDIC has just received bids for the substructure construction contract, which is estimated at US $1 billion. At least 14 groups prequalified for the contract, which was tendered following the completion of piling works." Five hotels will line Saadiyat Beach; Saadiyat Rotana Resort Abu Dhabi being developed by Al Nowais/Al Diya, Shangri-La Hotel developed by Al Jaber Group, St. Regis Hotel and Residences, Park Hyatt Resort and Mandarin Oriental Hotel and Residences Abu

GUGGENHEIM ABU DHABI Guggenheim Abu Dhabi is planned to be a world-class institution for the acquisition and display of contemporary art.  Geotechnical works completed in January  Construction of structural seawall began in January and will be completed in May  Detailed design was completed at the end of April  A 750m² mock-up centre and workshop for Guggenheim Abu Dhabi will open by Q4 this year and will contain a 1:50 model of the museum, providing a centre for testing, mock-ups and development of internal design  The tender for piling works was issued in March and works comprising 1500 piles are due to commence in the second quarter of 2010 and expected to be completed in Q4, 2010  A package for the substructure and structural concrete works will be issued for tender in the second quarter of 2010

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LOUVRE ABU DHABI As the first universal museum outside the western world, the Louvre Abu Dhabi will showcase art from civilisations and cultures around the globe.  The first package of enabling works was completed by Bauer International FZE in January, which involved excavating 500,000m³ of earth to accommodate the base of the museum Bauer International has commenced piling works, with 4298 piles being driven into the ground, including 2858 steel piles and 1340 concrete piles, amounting to a length of 94.2km On completion of piling, a substructure contractor will start works on the concrete basement and waterproofing,

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and will complete concrete works up to and including the ground floor level and the dome support works A general contractor will be appointed to complete the remainder of the concrete superstructure, works associated with the dome and all mechanical and electrical aspects A 15m diameter prototype of the dome has been installed and used to test the intensity of light relative to the cladding patterns, aperture sizes and ambient light conditions onsite prior to fabrication of the final structure, which will measure 180m in diameter

ZAYED NATIONAL MUSEUM The story of Sheikh Zayed featured within the Zayed National Museum will explore the history and culture of the United Arab Emirates. The museum is planned be a place for discussion, learning and inspiration.  Enabling works, including bulk excavation and the driving of sheet piles around the canal perimeter complete  Pre-qualifications for main construction are complete and 12 firms have been shortlisted  Piling works contract awarded in February will be completed in June  A package for the substructure works was released in March

MANARAT AL SAADIYAT Spanning 15,400m², the Manarat Al Saadiyat facility includes several components; Arts Abu Dhabi Gallery offering exhibition space and a visitor centre, an interactive zone telling The Saadiyat Story, three additional galleries, a theatre and a restaurant.  Arts Abu Dhabi Gallery launched with its inaugural exhibition in November, 2009  The Saadiyat Story experience centre opened in March  Phase two, which includes the theatre, restarant, and two of the galleries will open in Q3, 2010

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SAADIYAT BEACH VILLAS This residential development comprises 354 modern and spacious villas and access to a range of leisure facilities and amenities. Al Jaber is the main contractor for villa construction and Hilalco has been appointed for infrastructure works.  Phase one of villas construction underway with the development expected to be delivered in Q3, 2011  10 showcase villas expected to be completed in Q4 this year  Infrastructure progressing ahead of villa construction and due to be completed in Q1, 2011

PARK HYATT RESORT  Developed by Abu Dhabi National Hotels Company, the hotel will feature 316 rooms and suites, 22 villas, four signature restaurants and conference and recreational facilities  Structural frames of two side wings complete and external facades and internal partitions proceeding  Central section of hotel is progressing at level five with concrete works completed in Q1 2010  Structural frames of 28 villas complete and external and internal partitions are proceeding  First fix works relating to electrical, mechanical, fire and plumbing have started within hotel and villas

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Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashed Al Maktoum Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Minister of Finance and Industry and Chairman of Dubai Municipality

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ST. REGIS HOTEL AND RESIDENCES Developed by TDIC, the development will include a 380-room hotel, adjoining residences comprising 259 apartments and 33 luxury residential villas, eight restaurants, a spa and conference- and recreational facilities.  On schedule to be fully completed by 2011  Hotel ground-floor raft slab almost complete with first-floor works progressing to schedule  Spa wing raft slab complete and work has begun on the project's vertical elements  Basement raft slab to residential elements complete and work has commenced on parking levels below apartments  Villas and site infrastructure is progressing to schedule

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This village for workers employed during the construction phases of Saadiyat Island covers 40 hectares and will house up to 40,000 labourers. Facilities include shops, internet booths, recreational parks, laundry facilities, dining areas and leisure facilities.  The project is to be completed in two phases, the first phase is

finished and the village currently houses around 5000 workers All accommodation buildings are now complete Dining and recreation facilities, including sports hall, theatre, induction room, supermarket and barbers are all complete External works, including prayer halls, administration facilities and landscaping will be complete around mid-2010 Main service connections for power and water are in progress and due to be finished mid-2010 Full occupancy of 20,000 people (for phase one) forecast for early 2011 TBP

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(BID) CEO Wael Tawil told The Big Project. “The completion date will be September 30; the date we communicated when we started construction in June 2008. “We are hoping that the property will be handed over in December, dependent on the time it takes to transfer deeds, etc. This process doesn’t usually take more than two-to-three months,” explained Tawil. Phase one of the Bawabat Al Sharq project comprises 164 apartments and 56 luxury villas, as well as a mall comprising 70,000m² of gross leasable area and featuring 339 retail outlets, 22 food and beverage outlets and a 2245-capacity car park. The main contractor for the first phase is Target Engineering Construction Company, owned by Arabtec Holdings. Cansult Maunsell / AECOM is the landscaping design contractor and architect World Planner

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“Focusing on delivering the projects that have already been started in this region is the name of the game” Consultant Engineers is responsible for the overall design, while Australian design firm Saunders Global is overseeing Mall interiors.

Flexible operations Tawil said that “flexible agreements” with contractors had been crucial to the success of the project in spite of various challenges that had been posed by the global economic downturn. “It’s about working in partnerships. We share the risks and benefits, such as the reduced cost of building materials.

"We share the upsides and bear the downturns together,” said Tawil. Material costs dropped by 20-25% during construction, he said, asserting that Baniyas was one of the few developers that had reduced the price buyers had committed to, in response to this fluctuation. “Having agility in the operating model helps both sides to stay in line with the market”. Tawil reported that the company had received bids from a large number of contractors for phase two of Bawabat Al Sharq and had made a shortlist of three, and planned to announce the winning tender bid “shortly”. He added that the quality of tender bids had been higher than in the past as contractors had more time to focus on the project in hand. “Focusing on delivering the projects that have already been started in this region is the name of the game,” he said. Construction on phase two, which includes 500 apartment units contained in 14 buildings, with six different blocks, is expected to commence in quarter four, Tawil said. The entire project is scheduled for handover in the third quarter of 2012. TBP

in the pipeline Mohammed Bin Zayed City tower Baniyas Investment and Development Company (BID), the investment arm of Baniyas Sports Club, is also in the process of planning the construction of a mixed-use tower project in Abu Dhabi’s Mohammed Bin Zayed City. “We’re working to have the plot handed over. We have appointed design and supervision companies and identified a consultant. We have shortlisted some contractors in the tendering process, one is a sister company. We will conclude this once we have secured the plot,” BID CEO Wael Tawil told The Big Project. He said that he hoped construction would start simultaneously to phase two of Bawabat Al Sharq in quarter four of this year, however, he added that it may have to wait until quarter one in 2011.

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Lighthouse Tower

taLL buiLdinGs

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This month, The Big Project profiles 25 record-breaking, high-rise buildings forging ahead in the Middle East and in contrast, 10 of the tallest construction projects on hold

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Makkah Royal Clock Tower Hotel Where: Makkah, KSA Height: 591m Floors: 85 Materials: Steel/concrete Function: Hotel Complete: 2011

Pentominium

Where: Dubai, UAE Height: 516m Floors: 122 Materials: Steel/ concrete Function: Residential Complete: 2013

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Dubai's Pentominium

Pentominium at night.

Dubai Towers Doha Where: Doha Height: 437m Floors: 91 Materials: Concrete Function: Hotel/office/ residential

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Princess Tower

Where: Dubai Height: 414m Floors: 101 Materials: Concrete Function: Residential Complete: 2011

Where: Kuwait City Height: 413m Floors: 77 Materials: Concrete Function: Office Complete: 2010

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Where: Doha, Qatar Height: 510m Floors: 104 Function: Office

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Where: Dubai Height: 389m Floors: 90 Materials: Concrete Function: Residential Complete: 2011

Where: Abu Dhabi Height: 381m Floors: 88 Materials: Concrete Function: Residential Complete: 2012

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Marina 101

Where: Dubai Height: 412m Floors: 101 Materials: Concrete Function: Residential/hotel Complete: 2012

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Elite Residence

Where: Dubai Height: 381m Floors: 87 Materials: Concrete Function: Residential Complete: 2011

Princess Tower being developed by Tameer is to be the world's tallest residential tower.

Emirates Park Towers Hotel & Spa 1 Where: Dubai

Height: 376m Floors: 77 Materials: Concrete Function: Residential/ hotel Complete: 2010

Damac Heights is expected to be completed in 2014. Construction of Marina 101 (pictured left of centre) is on track for 2012.

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Emirates Park Towers Hotel & Spa 2 Where: Dubai Height: 376m Floors: 77 Materials: Concrete Function: Residential/hotel Complete: 2010

The Torch

Damac Heights

Where: Dubai Height: 426m Floors: 100 Materials: Steel/concrete Function: Residential Complete: 2014

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23 Marina

The Domain

Al Hamra Tower

Qatar National Bank Tower

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Where: Dubai Height: 402m Floors: 64 Materials: Composite Function: Office Complete: 2012

Where: Dubai Height: 345m Floors: 80 Materials: Concrete Function: Residential Complete: 2010

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Ahmed Abdul Rahim Al Attar Tower Where: Dubai Height: 342m Floors: 76 Materials: Concrete Function: Residential Complete: 2010

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Ocean Heights will be completed this year.

Complete: 2012

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Al Yaqoub Tower

Where: Dubai Height: 328m Floors: 69 Materials: Concrete Function: Residential/hotel Complete: 2010

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Elite Residence is being developed by Tameer. Standing 381m tall, the building has 87 floors and is expected to be completed in 2011.

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Sky Tower

Where: Abu Dhabi Height: 312m Floors: 74 Materials: Concrete Function: Residential/office Complete: 2010 (topped out)

Ocean Heights

Where: Dubai Height: 310m Floors: 82 Materials: Concrete Function: Residential Complete: 2010 (topped out)

Topped out: Ocean Heights in Dubai.

Infinity Tower

Where: Dubai Height: 306m Floors: 76 Materials: Concrete Function: Residential Complete: 2011

The Landmark

Where: Abu Dhabi Height: 324m Floors: 72 Materials: Concrete Function: Residential Complete: 2011

HHHR Tower

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Where: Abu Dhabi Height: 335m Floors: 65 Function: Office Complete: 2012 Where: Dubai Height: 328m Floors: 80 Function: Residential/office Complete: 2010 (topped out)

Information supplied by Chicagobased Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), which offers a comprehensive database of the world’s tallest buildings (www.ctbuh.org)

Where: Dubai Height: 322m Floors: 72 Materials: Concrete Function: Residential Complete: 2010 (topped out)

ADNOC Headquarters

The Index

Lamar Tower 1 Where: Jeddah Height: 322m Floors: 65 Function: Residential/office

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10 oF thE middLE East’s taLLEst buiLdinGs on hoLd 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Nakheel Tower, Dubai (1000m) Doha Convention Centre Tower, Doha (551m) Burj Al Alam, Dubai (510m) Al Quds Endowment Tower, Doha (495m) The Square Capital Tower, Kuwait (351m)

6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

The Skyscraper, Dubai (330) I&M Tower, Dubai (290) Latefa Tower, Sharjah (255m) Metro Tower, Dubai (250) Anantara Hotel, Dubai (234)

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reGional news

Suppliers in the spotlight A ROUND-UP OF THE LATEST NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM INDUSTRY SUPPLIERS IN THE MIDDLE EAST

New materials standard set by Dubai municipality the research and standardisation office of dubai municipality Central laboratory department (dCld) has released specifications for vapour barrier materials used for protecting thermal insulation and products used in buildings. the new guideline has been prepared to higher the minimum standard for the thermal insulation of buildings, and thermal insulation materials and products to protect from forceful entry and concentration of water vapour, which can negatively impact the performance of insulation systems, according to head of research and the standardisation office arif hussain al marzouqi. he added that the specification covers two main types of materials and products that work to prevent or reduce the force of water vapour on heat insulation. "type-1 relates to the membrane that has a high ability to prevent the force and the second type relates to other materials paints, pastes and coatings that have medium type of ability in the prevention of force,” said acting director of dCld eng. amin ahmed. "When preparing this specification, the prevailing weather conditions in the uae were taken into account to identify the type and characteristics of tests that should be available in these materials."

New government guidelines will be applied to insulation solutions.

Power Boost For duBAi AlumiNium co. abb has designed and installed a distributed control system for dubai aluminium Company ltd (dubal) to increase energy efficiency. dubal operates one of the largest single-site aluminium smelters in the world, having produced more than one million metric tons of cast aluminium products last year. abb was selected to upgrade the the distributed control system for one of the company's heat-recovery steam generators, located in the 2000mW power plant in dubai. the system required upgrading during dubal's planned 100-day outage. during this timeframe, abb performed the complete engineering, procurement, integration testing and installation of its proControl p14 distributed control system for the steam generator. the p14 system is designed to reduce maintenance and inventory costs due to minimum numbers of modules. it offers uniform hardware for the power plant system.

Vas faucet can save 60,000L of water per year kohler Co has introduced Vas ceramic faucet, which can reduce water consumption by up to 45%, according to the company. the Vas ceramic faucet line consumes 5.68l of water per minute compared to traditional faucets that consume an average of 8.32l per minute. the base solid-colour model has a pitcher-like vitreous china spout, a sculpted and curved handle; and ceramic valves that do not require washers. the Vas is available in three designs.

New Titan air-con unit reduces virus risk lg electronics air Conditioning Company (lg aC) has launched a new dual appliance ‘titan’, with virus and allergy-safe filters to eliminate dustmite allergens and viruses such as the common strain of influenza a. the air-conditioning unit eradicates around 99.9% of influenza a viruses in 24 hours, according to tests conducted by the kitasato research Centre of environmental science in japan, and the safe filter has been certified by the british allergy Foundation (baF) for its anti-allergenic properties. in addition, the titan’s cyclotron plasma filter, a feature common to lg

LG representatives gather at the launch of the new AC unit, Titan.

air conditioners, collects up to 30% more dust than conventional plasma filters, stated the company. With airflow of 10 metres, the unit’s double vanes have six horizontal and five vertical swing modes. May 2010

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New nano-acrylic coating from Jotun

Jotun Coatings concrete concept manager Terje Langmoe.

jotun paints has launched its jotafloor rapid dry Wb; a new floor coating based on nanotechnology. the technology is based on the development of materials using particles

at a molecular scale. the product emits lower levels of Co2 emissions than coatings produced using conventional acrylic technology beause harmful solvents are replaced with water, according to the company. “jotafloor rapid dry Wb is jotun’s first product that is based on pure nanotechnology and it is the result of our sizeable investment of time and various resources into advanced product research and development,” asserted jotun Coatings concrete concept manager terje langmoe. "this unique and environmentallysound product meets the needs of the common end-user segment, and addresses the market’s call for consistency, quality and sustainability across the range of paints and coatings." the water-based, semi-gloss floor coating is a fast-drying, 100% pure nano-acrylic floor coating solution that offers high levels of durability and uV protection, added jotun.

Kingspan opens first UAE office

uk-based kingspan insulated panels has expanded into the middle east with the opening of an office in dubai. the company designs and manufactures complete insulated roof-, architectural wall- and facade systems. in addition to its new base, kingspan recently launched a new range of panels called powerpanel. this system uses the latest photovoltaic (pV) technology, which generates clean, inflation-proof electricity, reduces energy costs and can generate electricity to be fed into the national grid. powerpanel is available in a range of product types, including polycrystalline silicon modules suitable for roofs and walls, and a thin film solar laminate for roofs. the company is also due to launch a line of insulated panels, which can reduce energy costs. TBP

Cost control

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he numerous variables associated with construction costs, such as weather, material price fluctuations and time frames among others, can make controlling the cost of a project particularly challenging. Construction costs must be managed effectively to ensure project success. to do this, all outgoings must be identified, budgeted for, understood and calculated in real-time. expenses can usually be broken down into project costs, labour expenses and operational costs. project costs include materials, hired equipment and subcontractors, and are often considered ‘fixed’ costs. labour expenses are associated with staff, while operational costs include internal plant-, yard- and inventory costs. labour and operational costs together form ‘productive costs’. once costs have been identified, they must be adequately budgeted for; not only in value, but also in quantitative terms. so for example, in addition to acknowledging the price of a bag of cement, you must budget for the number of bags, wastage allowances and the tasks or activities for which it is required.

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similarly, the price of labour needs to be calculated per each labourer, taking into account the number of hours they are required to work and the tasks they will perform. understanding costs entails having intimate knowledge of where expenses originate and how they are measured. if us $100,000 has been spent on labour this month and the budget is only $75,000, a loss is being made, but it’s not clear where nor on which activities this loss is occurring. realtime costing means establishing costs early. many contractors make the mistake or have little option but to ‘cost from invoice’; retrospective costing based on what has been paid. even if all the costs are identified, budgeted for and understood, but only accounted for four-to-six weeks after the invoice has been received, little can be done with them. in conclusion, the timing and quality of cost control is as imperative as the quantity or value. Without a budget to compare costs or vice versa, you’ll never know where you stand until it’s too late. if you continually beat your budget, making and beating your margin is a given and not another variable.

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bauma eXHiBition HiGHliGHts

munich: inside bauma 2010 Flight disruptions after the eruption of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull were largely blamed for visitors to Bauma 2010 being down 17% on 2007 numbers. In case you were one of the stranded passengers, The Big Project brings you highlights from the huge construction fair

wE rECkon wE’LL bE abLE to matCh thE voLumE [oF saLEs] wE took at thE rECord bauma in 2007. this is a CLEar siGnaL that, businEss is movinG Forward aGain aFtEr thE diFFiCuLt 2009 Michael Heidemann, MD of Zeppelin and CEO of Zeppelin Baumaschinen GmbH, Germany

Outdoor displays

more than 415,000 visitors from 200 countries made it to Bauma 2010 despite much of european airspace being closed due to an enormous ash cloud caused by the eruption of a volcano in iceland Tion conet audi odisit quiati dolorpo restibusdae es nullendis ipit

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bauma eXHiBition HiGHliGHts

Construction equipment, formworks and scaffolding

wE had a Lot oF nEw businEss opportunitiEs somE oF whiCh aLrEady rEsuLtEd in unExpECtEd ConCLusions oF saLE

Producing concrete, lime and gypsum components

Bauma 2010 offered 555,000m² of exhibition space, with 60% of exhibitors coming from overseas

More than 3150 exhibitors showcased equipment and machinery at the show, while around 50 registered exhibitors missed the event due to the flight disruptions

Michikazu Okada, VP of Hitachi Sumitomo Heavy Industries Construction Crane Co. Ltd. Japan

Dr Reinhold Festge, managing partner, Haver & Boecker, Germany

Drive systems and components

Earth-moving and roadbuilding machinery

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nEvEr bEForE havE thErE bEEn so many innovations on dispLay in tErms oF sustainabiLity and EnvironmEntaL and human protECtion

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WORLD’S FIRST

VERTICAL POWDER COATING FOR 12M LONG PROFILES

AT AL JABER EXTRUSIONS LLC

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breathable buildings Aldes Middle East director Gaëtan pierrefeu says the trend for well-insulated, energy-efficient buildings is forcing more developers to consider ventilation requirements

Pierrefeu: There's often confusion between ventilation and AC.

products, they are only looking at price, not quality. However, people are starting to realise that short-term profit is not the issue; they want to receive a good product and a high level of service. Everybody has sustainability in mind, but it’s time for developers as well as suppliers to make it a reality. Linked to this, people also need to consider indoor air quality. Building low-energyconsumption buildings means wellinsulated buildings. As a result, you need a good ventilation system to supply fresh air to the people living or working in the building.

what products or services does aldes-Euroregister provide?

is the importance of good ventilation within buildings recognised?

Aldes-Euroregister has four main product lines: fire-protection equipment such as fire-damper, grills and diffusers, air-regulation equipments such as VAV and VCD, and sound-attenuation products. Our flag-carrier products are fire-protection equipment and indoor air quality via the HVAC component and ventilation systems.

Good ventilation is not yet being considered. There is often confusion between ventilation of a building and the building’s air-conditioning system.

are developers interested in implementing quality fire and ventilation solutions, even if they do not intend to retain the asset?

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is the middle East a key market for your products? HVAC is a major consideration in all buildings here. There is also a big potential for indoor air quality and energy-efficient products, which are quite a new subject for this area.

what trends in demand for your products have you seen? During the economic crisis, people tend to go for the cheapest possible

Developers are now interested because these two aspects are becoming a selling point for buyers and end users.

what are the benefits of investing in these solutions at design stage? Thinking of these two aspects at design stage will make it possible to make the best possible use of the solutions. The cost of inadequate health and safety solutions is high, whether it's casualties in the event of a fire or poor health of

the end-user due to bad air quality. The question is not the cost of equipment, but what are the benefits of using it. For developers, having the right systems in place can be marketed as a point of difference.

how do health and safety regulations applied to building quality compare to international equivalents? Regulations in this region are not as comprehensive as what we have in Europe, for example, but there is a move to define and establish regulations.GCC countries are now working on their own regulation; Dubai Fire Code will soon be published and Estidama has just published its rating system. However, this takes time. You cannot enforce a regulation overnight.

please tell me about the new factory you have established in this region? Aldes-Euroregister recently moved to a new manufacturing facility with a 7000m² production hall and 800m² of office space. This will enable us to give the best level of service from design and manufacturing to after-sales service. It will also allow us to comply strictly with the local needs of the market and, where necessary, adapt products to the local specification. TBP

vEntiLation ConsidErations The first step is to work on the envelope of the building: how well insulated is my office tower or hotel, for example? The second step is to think about the cooling of the building via an airconditioning system. The third step is to think about the indoor air quality of the building via a good ventilation system, which can be independent or linked with the air-conditioning system. The fourth step is for people to consider ventilation, which will be triggered by the trend for energyefficient, well-insulated and airtight buildings, which is linked to ventilation requirements.

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Cement uncertainties

Emirates Cement Company CEO Antoine Duclaux and Jebel Ali Cement director Pierre Issa comment on the ups and downs of the region’s cement industry

was already in the UAE through their concrete activities in Dubai. Pierre Issa: We had a small plant on Sheikh Zayed road from 1978. We started producing slag cement in 1994 and to cater to increased production we moved to Jebel Ali in 2006.

plant. This is a strategic location as it’s very close to Abu Dhabi and a lot of developments are moving south.

Do you have any further plans to expand in the Middle East region? Duclaux: In the Middle East, Lafarge has cement assets in Jordan, the UAE, Iraq and one project in Saudi Arabia and another in Syria. We plan to expand into Iraq in the short term.

What is the current price of cement? Issa: Selling price varies depending on the emirates. On average our selling price in the UAE is AED 230-240 (US $63-65). The big variance was in July and August of last year. We saw a continuous monthly drop in demand and prices from January to November, but it has been quite stable since with only minor variations. Duclaux: The current price of 200-220 AED/t factory is not sustainable in

"We expect that cement prices will have to increase to recover production costs" Issa: There is more leverage for negotiation with suppliers.

Please tell us more about your expansion in the UAE? Antoine Duclaux: Lafarge took over the Orascom Cement activities in the region and as such started to operate the Fujairah plant in early 2008. Lafarge

What is your total cement capacity? Duclaux: The cement capacity today is 3.2 MT and a 2.7 MT clinker. Issa: We can produce up to four million tons of cement at our Jebel Ali

the mid-term since operators are not recovering their costs at that level.

Do you anticipate a rise in cement prices in the UAE in the near future? Duclaux: It is expected that cement prices will have to increase to recover the production costs, which have strongly increased recently due to a rise in power price from the local authorities. Cement prices will likely increase. To what level is unknown. Issa: We do expect prices to increase, but it won’t improve our margin. Increases will be due to growing transportation costs due to fuel and power costs.

How do you keep the cost of cement production low?

Jebel Ali Cement Company says its current base has proved to be a strategic location due to a lot of projects moving south.

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Duclaux: The main cost factors are not in the producers’ hands; power is regulated by the government, coal depends on the international

Duclaux: Cement exports will continue to increase.

market and salaries are linked to the local environment. At Lafarge, we are benefiting from the group’s best

Issa: Roughly from January 2009 to today there has been a 38% drop in demand across the UAE, this was reached in September last year. Since then, it has been stable with minor ups and downs in price. But there is a big oversupply right now.

Do you export cement? If so, please outline your main export markets.

What trends have you witnessed in UAE projects and their implementation of cement?

Issa: Our markets are split as follows: Dubai; 50-70%, Abu Dhabi; 30%-plus and export markets make up 10%.

Issa: There is a push in the south from project demand in that region, but there are still lots of projects that are ongoing in Dubai, Sharjah and the northern emirates, including Ajman. While there is demand across the UAE, there is no longer an over demand like that seen in 2008.

Duclaux: EMCC exports to Oman and a little to Qatar; two of the main export markets. Other players are exporting to Sudan and Kuwait. Exports will keep increasing due to the local oversupply.

Do you strive to minimise the negative environmental impact of producing cement? Issa: We started with the design of the plant. All equipment is under five years old and adheres to high European standards. We have very large covered

“It is a tough market so we would like to see more transparency about projects that are on hold in the region” practices to reduce our costs and operate with a slim structure. Issa: Cost is something we look at every day, including raw materials, efficiency of operations, equipment, power consumption and overheads. There is more leverage for buyers to negotiate with suppliers now as there are fewer buyers in the market. If you have fixed parameters for cost control you’ll always be ahead of the curve.

How has demand for cement varied over the past 18 months? Duclaux: 2008 ended at 21 MT domestic market, whereas 2009 closed at 18.5 MT.

What demand have you forecast in the UAE over 2010? Duclaux: 2010 is quite uncertain and our forecasts lie around 15 MT.

How does supply and demand compare in this region currently? Duclaux: The supply and demand is contrasted from one country to another. Oman and Qatar are short, Saudi Arabia tends to be balanced and the UAE is long like Pakistan. In Dubai, the demand has sharply dropped, whereas Abu Dhabi remains stable to small growth.

How have you adapted operations to cater to the reduced demand? Issa: We’ve reduced operating hours and production, and we’re looking at different operations to drive demand.

How can the market change for the better in 2010? Issa: It is a tough market so we would like to see more transparency about projects that are on hold. Then we can forecast production timelines and capacities. We need more information about upcoming projects over the next two to five years.

storage area, lots of filtration and produce cement using limestone, a natural material. Duclaux: Lafarge is an international player and applies the European standards. Our-up-to date European technology enables us to minimise any impact on the environment (through filters for example). TBP

Jebel Ali Cement recently became the emirate’s first cement company to receive the Dubai Quality Appreciation Programme, please tell us what this involved. Issa: Everyone looks at quality in a different way; quality of performance, operations, people and so on. We decided that the award would be a great recognition of our efforts so we applied to the programme in April 2009 and received a lot of support, such as training seminars. We reviewed our processes, management, environmental policies, internal communications, safety standards and other areas.

Emirates Cement Company has several plants in the UAE.

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How it's done

tricky tasks This month, GMMOS Group VP business development neil Corbasson illustrates some particularly challenging heavy lifts undertaken recently in the Middle East

In Ras Al Khaimah, a crusher hammer weighing 105 tons is erected using a 500-ton crane.

GMMOS Group VP business development Neil Corbasson.

This picture shows the lifting of a ship's ramp at Jaddaf Dubai using two 500-ton Gallagher cranes.

A 500-ton crane is brought in alongside a 100-ton crawler crane supplied by the client to lift an 80-ton drilling machine.

Lifting these empty tanks was no trouble using three 500-ton Gallagher cranes.

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Bapco - Sitra Refinery Upgrade & Expansion 4000 Study The project calls for expanding processing and production capacity at Bahrain refinery. This involves replacing all refinery units and components. Bahrain refinery is located in Sitra south of Manama. The refinery currently processes 250,000 barrels of crude per day (bpd). Up to 17% of the crude is sourced from Bahrain field. The remaining is pumped from KSA through a 54km pipeline. Expansion capacity has still to be finalised. The programme also includes the replacement of Saudi Bahrain oil pipeline. The refinery has five crude distillation units that will be revamped to have just one or two large units. A unit to convert heavy fuel oil into lighter transport fuels will be built. Update FEED RFP is expected in late 2010. Owner Bahrain Petroleum Company B.S.C. (BAPCO)

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l Fara’a General Contracting has started construction on Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company’s (ADNEC’s) US $3.5 billion Al Ain Convention Centre District. One of 10 wholly-owned subsidiaries of Al Fara’a Integrated Construction Group, Al Fara’a General Contracting has been appointed for phase one of the project, which involves the extension of the existing hall located onsite near the Al Jimi area of the emirate. When completed, the district will comprise a convention centre, cultural centre, hotels, a serviced-apartment complex, a multi-storey car park and a cluster of residential buildings and commercial low-rise buildings within an integrated micro-city. Open spaces connected by walkways and several car-free areas, as well as a wadi (waterway) that runs adjacent to the planned Wadi Hotel are key design elements, according to Shankland Cox, the architecture firm that has been assigned to the development. Contractors for the remaining elements of the master development are expected to be appointed over the coming months. “We are very pleased to have commenced with the turnkey delivery of this extension after having completed the initial celebration hall in 2002. This instalment is already ahead of its scheduled handover in September 2010,” said Al Fara’a General Contracting president and executive chairman Dr Gangaramani. TBP

NOGA - Awali Field Development 1500 Execution The project calls for drilling wells in the onshore Awali field for oil and gas exploration. This is to double the field's oil 35,000 barrels per day output. The production from the field is expected to be 75,000 bpd within five years and reach 100,000 bpd. And to raise the natural gas output to 2.5bn ft³ a day from 1.7bn ft³ at present. Bahrain National Oil & Gas Authority (NOGA) Baker Hughes Diyar Al Muharraq - Phase 1 - 1200 Residential Units 600 Design

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The project calls for the design and construction of 1200 residential units that will form part of Diar al Muharraq development in Bahrain. The project will include the associated facilities. The covering land area of the development will be 3km². Tender is still to be issued for the main contract. Kuwait Finance House (KFH) Scott Wilson NOGA - LNG Import Terminal 500 Study The project calls for the construction of an LNG import terminal in Bahrain. The FEED contract tender is expected by the end of 2010. Bahrain National Oil & Gas Authority (NOGA) Diyar Al Muharraq - Phase 1 - Infrastructure 400 Design The project calls for the design and construction of water, electricity and sewerage networks and internal roads and bridges for the six km² first phase of the Diar al Muharraq mixed-used development. The project is located at Amwaj Island off the cost of Muharraq. Tender is still to be issued for the main contract. Kuwait Finance House (KFH) Hyder Consulting Middle East Ltd. - Bahrain Saudi Bahrain Oil Pipeline Expansion 350 Design The project calls for the construction of an oil pipeline from Saudi to Bahrain. The project aims to expand oil-pumping capacity from KSA to Bahrain from 235,000 bpd to 350,000 bpd. Project is in Pre-FEED phase. Bahrain Petroleum Company B.S.C. (BAPCO) Dar Al Riyadh Engineering Consultants (DAR) Bapco Neste - Lube Base Oil Facility in Sitra 300 Execution The scope of work includes the engineering, design and construction of a base oils facility at Bapco's Sitra Refinery that can produce 400,000 tons per year of sulphur-free, high-viscosity index base oils for blending top-tier lubricants. Construction work is progressing as scheduled. Bapco - Neste Neste Jacobs Oy Samsung Ltd - Saudi Arabia Diyar Al Muharraq - Phase 1 - Dredging & Reclamation - Stage 1 203 Execution The project calls for the dredging and placement of 35 million m³ of marine borrow material to reclaim 6 million m² of Diar al Muharraq mixed-used development. The project will be located north of Bahrain airport in the Muharraq region of the kingdom, close of Amwaj Island off the coast of Muharraq. 95% of construction work is complete. Kuwait Finance House (KFH) Scott Wilson - Bahrain Great Lakes - Nass JV Diyar Al Muharraq - Phase 1 - Dredging & Reclamation - Stage 2 190 Execution The project calls for the dredging and placement of 45 million m³ of marine borrow material to reclaim 6 million m² of Diar al Muharraq mixed used development. The project will be located north of Bahrain airport in the Muharraq region of the kingdom, close of Amwaj Island off the coast of Muharraq. 45% of reclamation work is complete. Kuwait Finance House (KFH) Scott Wilson - Bahrain Great Lakes - Nass JV

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Kuwait Metro 11300 Design The project involves the construction of a 165km metro network comprising four lines: Line 1 of the Kuwait Metropolitan RTS will be 23.7km long with 19 stations, Line 2 will be 21km long with 27 stations, Line 3 will be 24km with 15 stations and Line 4 will be 22.7km long. An extension of 57.3km will be made on Line 1 and another one of 16.4kms will be made on Line 2. 65 % of the network will have to be underground. Kuwait Metro will be built across the inner city of Kuwait and will be linked to the new Kuwait rail network. Tender for the 135km line that will link to the GCC rail is expected to be issued in mid 2010 following finishing review of technical and commercial documents. Kuwait Ministry of Communications Kuwait Technical Consulting Bureau (KTCB) Bubiyan Island Development - Phase 3 (Sea Port) - 36 Berths 11000 Planned The project calls for expanding the sea port on Bubiyan Island by 36 new berths (from 24 to 60). Ministry of public works is evaluating technical bids and expects to award stage 1 of the sea port (4 berths) in June 2010. The ministry is also in talks with the ministry of energy to secure power for the seaport on Boubyan Island. Mega Projects Agency (MPA) Kuwait Railway 10500 Design The project calls for design, build and operate (DBO) rapid transit network within Kuwait. The network will be linked to national rail system with two new lines. The first track will run from the port city of Umm Qasr in Iraq on the northern border to Qasr on the border with Saudi Arabia in the south. The second line will run west from Kuwait City to the KSA border at Salemy. A series of spur lines from these tracks will link to the ports of Shuwaikh and Shuaiba, while a further branch will connect to Bubiyan Island. The project aims to link the GCC states to Europe. Tender for the 135km line that will link to the GCC rail is expected to be issued mid-2010 following finishing review of technical and commercial documents. Kuwait Ministry of Communications Kuwait Technical Consulting Bureau (KTCB) Bubiyan Island Development - Phase 1 - Stage 2 (Sea Port) - 12 Berths 3600 Design The project calls for expanding the sea port on Bubiyan Island by 12 new berths (from 4 to 16). Ministry of public works is evaluating technical bids and expects to award stage 1 of the sea port (4 berths) in June 2010. The ministry is also in talks with ministry of energy to secure power for the sea port on Boubyan Island. Mega Projects Agency (MPA) Mouchel Bubiyan Island Development - Phase 2 (Sea Port) - 8 Berths 2400 Study The project calls for expanding the sea port on Bubiyan Island by 8 new berths (from 16 to 24). Ministry of Public Works is evaluating technical bids and expects to award stage 1 of the sea port (4 berths) in June 2010. The ministry is also in talks with the ministry of energy to secure power for the sea port on Boubyan Island. Mega Projects Agency (MPA) Bubiyan Island Development - Phase 1 - Stage 2 (Sea Port) - 4 Berths 1200 Bidding The project calls for the design and construction of a container terminal, 4 berths and a quay wall as part of the Bubiyan Island Development. The development also includes port buildings and utilities, digging and soil improvement works and site levelling.

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Ministry of Public Works is evaluating technical bids and expects to award the contract in June 2010. The ministry is also in talks with ministry of energy to secure power for the sea port on Boubyan Island. Mega Projects Agency (MPA) Mouchel KOC - Gathering Center 16 (GC 16) 1000 Bidding The project calls for the Design, Supply and Construction of a new Gathering Centre (GC) number 16 in west Kuwait. The project covers the provision of gas compression services at gathering centre 16. The design, build, operate and maintain contract is aimed at reducing gas flaring, increasing the amount of gas available for industrial use and power generation, and maintaining reservoir stability by re-injecting the gas into oil wells. The gas compression portion covers the provision of services for tank vapour, and low and high pressure compression packages to double the facility's capacity to more than 60 million ft³ per day. The gas re-injection element involves the installation and operation of gas reinjection facilities at wells MN-129 and MN-140. Each compression train will have a predicted flow rate of 15 million ft³ per day. The EPC contract is still to be awarded. Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) Fluor - Kuwait Iran Kuwait Gas Pipeline 1000 Planned The project calls for supplying gas from Iran to Kuwait through a subsea pipeline. Project is in study. Iran gas network has been expanded to Khorramshahr in southern Iran that makes it possible to extend the network to Kuwait. Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) KOC - New Booster Station 132 and Development of Booster Station 131 800 Execution The project calls for the construction and installation of a new booster station, called booster station 132. The booster station comprises a single train, with capacity of 250 million ft³ per day gas train including high and low pressure compressors. Moreover, the project also covers the development of booster station 131 through the installation of new low and high pressure separators and flaring systems. A 48 inch pipeline will connect the new booster station with gathering centres 15, 23, 25, 14 and 8. SK Engineering & Construction has been awarded the EPC contract. Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) SK Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd (SKEC) New University City in Shadadiyah (Sabah Al Salem University) - Infrastructure 690 Bidding The project calls for the design and construction of campus infrastructure over an area of 6 million m², which will include a 15km ring road, 6km of tunnels, landscaping components and earthworks. The campus is situated in Shadidiyah. The infrastructure work will cater to the Kuwait University. HEISCO has been awarded an US $18 million contract as the starting package of the infrastructure. The contract is 24 months. Kuwait University Webb Zerafa Menkes Housden - SSH International Consultant Shuaiba Port Expansion 500 Study The project calls for expanding Shuaiba port through construction of new berths and increasing the depth and length of existing berths. The scope has two alternatives (contact The Big Project for full details). It is understood that the Ministry of Finance is pre-qualifying consultants. Bubiyan Island Development - Phase 1 - Stage 1 (Infrastructure) 440 Execution

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The project calls for the design and construction of a 34km-long road from the planned port’s location on the east side of Bubiyan to Khor Subiya in the west. Scope of work also includes 1.4km long, three-lane road and land bridge from Subiya to Bubiyan, about 4 million m³ of landfill, soil treatment works and railway embankment. The ministry of public works is in talks with ministry of energy to secure power for the sea port on Boubyan Island. Mega Projects Agency (MPA) Mouchel China Harbour Engineering Company - Gulf Dredging & Contracting Company - Shaheen Al Ghanim Road & New University City in Shadadiyah (Sabah Al Salem University) University Hospital 300 Planned The project calls for design and construction of a 600-bed University Hospital at new University City in Shadadiyah. College of Engineering & Petroleum has been invited. College of Arts & Education is in design finishing and will be tendered soon. Remaining colleges, buildings and other facilities will be tendered after design completion. Kuwait University Webb Zerafa Menkes Housden - SSH International Consultant Bubiyan Island Development - Phase 1 - Stage 3 (Channel Dredging) 200 Bidding The scope of work includes dredging work of 48km-long, 260m wide approach channel with a depth of 30m, as part of the Bubiyan Island Development. Work on channel dredging is expected to go along with work on the sea port. Mega Projects Agency (MPA) Mouchel

Al Waab City - Qatar 3200 Execution The project calls for the design and construction of 1.25 million m² of Al Waab City in Qatar. The project will comprise 639 villas, 7-storey apartments, 88,000m² of retail space, a world-class 225 rooms hotel, 30 serviced apartments and a 300,000m² car-parking area. The development is located along Salwa and Al Bustan Road, 10km from the cornice. Construction work is progressing as per schedule. Al Waab Development Company Engineering Consultants Group S.A. (ECG) Arabtec Construction Company WLL Qatar QP - Strategic Gas Transmission Network 800 Execution The project calls for the construction of a 211km, 36 inch diameter pipeline to transfer sweet, lean gas from Ras Laffan to power stations and consumers in Mesaieed, Ras Abu Aboud & in Umm Bab / Dukhan. Pipelines include 10km long twin 36 inch pipelines from Barzan Gas production facility to Ras Laffan gas gathering station followed by installation of 125km long twin 36 inch pipeline from Ras Laffan gas gathering station to Masaieed gas distribution centre for the transmission of 2000 mmscfd natural gas. Associated facilities included launcher / receiver, liquid knock-out drum, gas filters, custody metering facilities, flow and pressure control systems, pipeline leak detection system, High Integrity Pressure Protection System (HIPPS). The objective of the project is to maintain uninterrupted flow of sweet lean gas to power stations and to some critical consumers in Mesaieed, Ras Abu Aboud & in Umm Bab / Dukhan. Commissioning is expected by November 2010. Qatar Petroleum (QP) Mott MacDonald - Qatar Punj Lloyd Ltd - Qatar KNPC - Qatar Kuwait LNG Pipeline 800 Study

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The project calls for the importing of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) through a pipeline from Ras Laffan in Qatar to Al Zour in Kuwait. The imported gas would be used for electricity generation requirements. Project is still in the study phase. Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) Excelerate Energy Barwa Al Sadd Development Complex - Qatar 341 Execution The project calls for the design and construction of a 300,000m² mixeduse development in the Al Sadd area of Doha, which includes four 21-storeys office towers and four 10-storeys residential buildings. The total built-up area of the development is 220,000m². Construction work is progressing as per schedule. Barwa Real Estate Company Arab Engineering Bureau Midmac Contracting Company W.L.L. Energy City - Business Park - Qatar Petroleum Complex 300 Design The complex includes a main office tower and connected mid-rise office buildings. The project also includes a medical centre, training facilities, data and telecommunication centers, multi storey car parks, leisure and entertainment facilities and a stadium. The development will have a total built up area of 540,000m² and 300,000m² of landscaping. In phase 1, the scope calls for enabling works and construction of car parks and site offices. Two parking structures totaling 180,000m² or 4400 vehicles will have 2 basements and 4 levels each. 3500 square meters site offices will accommodate 150 people and will include a car park for 180 vehicles. The scope also covers enabling work that includes site fence, access roads, lighting, and access gates. Bids have been received for car park buildings and site offices. Qatar Petroleum (QP) EMEA Enterprise Solutions Qatar World Trade Center Tower 142 Execution The project calls for the design and construction of a 55 storeys office tower in the West Bay area of Doha. The development also includes a sixstorey building shaped in a sphere, to house an auditorium and business centre and a low-rise building for a convention centre. The total built-up area of the development is 140,m² area. Arabtec has been awarded the contract. Construction will be completed in 26 months. Qatar Insurance Company (QIC) ARTEC Architectural and Engineering Consultants Arabtec Construction Company WLL Qatar

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King Abdullah Economic City 92912 Execution The project calls for building an integrated city covering a development area of 168 million m² along the Red Sea between Jeddah and Rabigh. (For full details contact The Big Project. 50km of road in King Abdullah Economic City has been completed. Emaar Economic City Company Saudi Industrial Services Company (SISCO) Saudi Binladin Group - Saudi Arabia King Abdullah Financial District - 28 Buildings 2910 Execution The project calls for the design and construction of 28 buildings that will form part of King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh. Construction work has commenced and is on schedule. Public Pension Agency (PPC) Saudi Binladin Group - Saudi Arabia SRO - Mecca Medina Railway - Civil Package 1800 Execution

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The package entails all civil works for the 444km-long railway between the holy cities. Scott Wilson Group has been appointed to provide project management support for the Haramain Railway project. Saudi Railways Organisation (SRO) SNCF International Al Rajhi Saudi Group - Alstom Transport - China Railway Engineering Group Co Ltd - Al-Arrab Contracting Aramco - Karan Field Development - Offshore - Platforms & Facilities 800 Execution The project calls for the development of the newly-found Karan offshore gas field in the Khuff reservoir situated to the northeast of the Safaniyah field. The field is expected to produce 1.5 billion cubic feet per day (bscfpd) of gas over a six-year period with first production expected in 2011. (For full details contact The Big Project). Work is progressing as scheduled. Saudi Aramco Worley-Petrocon Arabia Ltd J. Ray McDermott (JRM) - Dubai King Khalid University (KKU) City in Abha - Phase 2 - Medical Complex for Men 800 Execution The project calls for the design and construction of a medical complex for men which will have 9 buildings with different heights ranging from 4 to 5 storeys and a 6-storey, 400-beds student hospital building as part of the King Khalid University (KKU) City in Abha. The complex will include medical, dentistry and pharmacy colleges, and a library. Zuhair Fayez Partnership Consultants has been appointed as project management. King Khalid University (KKU) Zuhair Fayez Partnership Consultants Baytur Insaat Taahhüt A.S Ras Al Zour Chemical & Fertilizer Complex - Di-Ammonium Phosphate (DAP) 800 Execution The scope of work includes the engineering and construction of Di-Ammonium Phosphate (DAP) plant with a capacity of 3 million tons per annum at the Ras Al-Zour chemicals complex. First production is expected in early Q3 2010. Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Maaden) SNC Lavalin - Jacobs Engineering Dragados S.A. Dannat Resort - Saudi Arabia 667 Design The project calls for the design and construction of a 1000m² new resort at Half Moon Bay in Saudi Arabia. The development will include villas, apartments, marina, commercial areas and a hotel. Design work is in completion stage. Al Khaleej Development Company (Tameer / Inovest) HCP - Architecture & Engineering Aramco - Sulfur Recovery Units (SRU) Upgrade 550 Execution The project calls for upgrading Sulphur Recovery Units (SRUs) at various locations in Saudi Arabia. The scope of work involves the supply and installation of carbon absorption drums, wastewater stripper units and related facilities. Work in progress and expected to be completed in Q1 2011. Saudi Aramco Aramco - Ras Tanura Integrated Refinery & Petrochemical Complex Refinery Expansion - Hydrotreater 500 Execution

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The project calls for the design and construction of an integrated petrochemical complex in Ras Tanura and also the expansion of the existing 550,000 bpd refinery by at least 100,000 bpd with 70,000 bpdhigh olefins Fluid Catalytic Cracker (FCC) and 80,000 bpd vacuum gas oil hydro creator. Refinery expansion also includes 100,000 bpddiesel hydro-treater units. (For full details contact The Big Project). Work in progress and expected to be completed in Q3 2010. Aramco - Dow JV Kellogg; Brown & Root (KBR) - Riyadh Samsung Engineering & Construction - Al Khobar Holy Haram Mosque Expansion in Makkah - Northern Courtyard 500 Execution The project calls for the expansion of the northern courtyard at Holy Haram mosque with a covering land area of 500,000m².The expansion is between the mosque and the second ring road to the north area and Masjid Al-Haram Street to the east area and Jabal al-Kaaba street to the west area. The expansion will accommodate 500,000 worshipers. Work has started on the development. Saudi Arabia Government Dar Al-Handasah (Shair & Partners) - Jeddah Saudi Binladin Group - Saudi Arabia King Abdullah Financial District - 6 Towers - Package 2 428 Execution The project calls for the design and construction of 6 residential and commercial towers with different heights that will form part of King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh. Scope of work also will include a mosque. The project is progressing as per schedule. Public Pension Agency (PPC) Dar Al Riyadh Engineering Consultants (DAR) Saudi Binladin Group - Saudi Arabia King Abdullah Financial District - GCC Central Bank Tower 400 Execution The project calls for the design and construction of a 240 GCC Central Bank Tower that will form part of King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh. Construction work has commenced and is on schedule. Public Pension Agency (PPC) Saudi Binladen Group - Saudi Arabia King Abdullah Financial District - 2 Towers - Package 1 375 Execution The project calls for the design and construction of 2 towers that will form part of King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh. The development will include a 14-storey five-star hotel and a 27-storey office tower. The hotel will comprise of 207 rooms, 3 restaurants and 2 coffee shops. The project is expected to be completed by the third quarter of 2011. Public Pension Agency (PPC) KlingStubbins Saudi Oger Ltd Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz Airport Expansion - Terminal Building 350 Design The project calls for the design and construction of new terminal building at Prince Mohammed Airport in Madina. The covering area of the terminal is 256,000m². GACA invited interested parties with experience in the construction and operation of international airports to submit prequalifications by 18 April 2010. Saudi Arabia General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) Dorsch Consult - Zuhair Fayez & Partnership Taibah University in Medina - Faculty Accommodation 350 Bidding The project calls for the design and construction of faculty accommodation buildings at Taibah University in Medina. The project will include 400 apartments. Main construction contract is still to be awarded. Taibah University

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King Abdullah Financial District - 4 Towers - Package 3 348 Execution The project calls for the design and construction of 4 residential and commercial towers with different heights that will form part of King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh. The project is progressing as per schedule. Public Pension Agency (PPC) Dar Al Riyadh Engineering Consultants (DAR) El-Seif Engineering Contracting Est. King Abdullah Financial District - Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul) 300 Design The project calls for the design and construction of a new headquarter for Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul) at the heart of King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh. Nikken Sekkei Ltd has been acting as the project consultant. Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul) Nikken Sekkei Ltd King Abdullah Financial District - 4 Towers - Package 4 293 Execution The project calls for the design and construction of 4 residential and commercial towers with different heights that will form part of King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh. The project is progressing as per schedule. Public Pension Agency (PPC) Zuhair Fayez Partnership Consultants Saudi Constructioneers Establishment Shedgum Juaymah Gas Pipeline 200 Execution The project calls for the design, supply and installation of 154km, 56 inch diameter gas pipeline from Shadgum gas plant to Juaymah. Work is in progress and expected to be completed in Q2 2010. Saudi Aramco Saipem - Snamprogetti - Al Khobar Jeddah Ring Road - Saudi Arabia 177 Execution The project calls for design and construction of 90km second ring road out-skirting Jeddah city. The road will be built along with the existing ring road and will connect Durrat Al Aroos in north Jeddah to the air force base in south Jeddah. The new road is exactly parallel to Al Haramain highway at 6km to the east. 15 interchanges will be built to link the 2 roads along 90km. Phase 3 of Jeddah ring road has been approved by Saudi Arabia Ministry of Transport. Saudi Arabia Ministry of Transport Italconsult - Saudi Arabia Mecca Ring Road - Phase 2 150 Execution The project calls for the design and construction of a 6km-long dual carriageway road as part of phase 2 of the Mecca Middle Ring Road project. The project is progressing as per schedule. Saudi Arabia Ministry of Transport Rio Trading & Contracting Ltd. Co. - Makkah Tabouk University - Faculty Accommodation 107 Execution The project calls for the design and construction of faculty accommodation buildings at Tabouk University. The project will include apartments and villas. Foundation work has been completed. Saudi Arabia Ministry of Higher Education Alnaim Architects Engineers Urban Planners Fayafer Trading & Contracting Co.

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Adoc - NAsr; qusAhwir; BidA Al qemZAN Fields 3000 Execution Adoc aims to develop the Qusahwira, Bida al-Qemzam, Bab and Ruwais oil fields, increasing output by 400,000 bpd to 1.8 million bpd. National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC) has been awarded the EPC contract. Abu Dhabi Oil Company Ltd (ADOC) Washington Group International (WGI) National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC) Adco - BAB exPANsioN - PhAse 1 683 Execution The scope of work includes the engineering, procurement and construction work to increase the production capacity at the Bab field to produce an additional 425.000 bpd of oil through development of Habshan 2 and Thamama G production reservoir, and that will add 80,000 bpd to current Bab capacity of around 320,000 bpd. Work will involve the installation of 54 injection wells and around 950km of pipelines, and that will add 80,000 bpdto current Bab capacity of around 320,000 bpd. According to sources work has started. Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations (ADCO) Washington Group International (WGI) National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC) Al-rAhA BeAch comPlex - Al rAhA GArdeNs commuNity 680 Design The project calls for the design and construction of the town centre located at Al Raha Gardens Community on the Al-Raha Beach development. The project is still in the design stage. Aldar Properties PJSC GHD Global Pty Ltd - Abu Dhabi AdNoc heAdquArters comPlex - ABu dhABi 490 Execution The project calls for the design and construction of a 342m high tower, new headquarters complex in the existing Adanco headquarters at the intersection of the corniche road and Bainunah street. The project will comprise a 65 storey office tower, podium, basement and underground parking areas and a tunnel connecting the office tower with the underground parking. The project will cover a total built-up area of 190,000m². Six Construct has been awarded $490 million contract to build Adnoc Headquarters Complex in Abu Dhabi. Construction work will start by the end of May 2010 and will take 36 months to complete. Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) Halcrow Group Ltd Six Construct - Abu Dhabi emirAtes PArK towers hotel & sPA - sheiKh ZAyed roAd, duBAi 490 Execution The project will involve the construction of two, 80-storeys-high-rise tower buildings that will be situated at the entrance to Business Bay, next to the Dnata & Emirates Holidays buildings in Dubai. Each building is anticipated to reach a height of 376m. The development will in total comprise 1314 luxury five-star hotel rooms as well as 300 serviced residential apartments. It will be situated on a 20,000m²plot and will also provide 20 restaurants, rooftop bar, entertainment centre, banquet, ballroom and conference facilities. The southern tower will be operated by Marriott International when complete in May 2011. The Northern tower will complete in 2013. Emirates Group Arch Group Nasa Multiplex duBAi mAriNA develoPmeNt - PeNtomiNium tower 400 Execution The project will involve the construction of 512m high, 120-storey residential tower that will form a part of the Dubai Marina development that will comprise residential apartments and penthouses. The project will cover a built-up area of 171,500m².

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Steel piles supporting excavation corners are being removed. Trident International Holdings Aedas - Hong Kong Arabian Construction Company (ACC) BusiNess BAy develoPmeNt - tAmANi Arts oFFices 354 Execution The project will involve the design and construction of a 20 storey tower that will form Phase 2 of Business Bay close to the Burj Dubai Views. The building will comprise mixed-use facilities including commercial, residential and hotel as well as the associated facilities. The built-up area will cover 75,348ft². Completion could be delayed due to slow construction work. KM Properties Al-Rostamani Pegel GAsco - thAmAmA c ANd d GAs comPressioN 350 Execution The scope of work includes the revamp and expansion of the existing facilities, upgrade of heat exchangers, compressors and related equipment. The project aims to increase sour gas handling capacity from 540 to 630 million ft³ a day. The scope of work involves supply and installation of gas compressors at Bab field, called Thamama C and D units 6 and 7. Dodsal Engineering & Construction has been awarded the EPC contract. Abu Dhabi Gas Industries Limited (GASCO) Veco Engineering Abu Dhabi Dodsal Pte Limited cAPitAl ceNtre - AdNec exPANsioN Project - cAPitAl GAte (FeAture tower) 264 Execution The project calls for the design and construction of 160m-high, 35-storey mixed-use tower which will form part of Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre Expansion scheme. The project will include a luxury hotel 'Hyatt Hotels and Resorts’ with 189 rooms (162 guestrooms and 27 suites) and 20,000m² of office and retail space. The Hotel is set to open in early 2011. Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) RMJM Al Habtoor Engineering Enterprises eAsterN riNG roAd iNterchANGes - ABu dhABi 217 Execution The project calls for the design and construction of two interchanges on the eastern ring road that leads onto Salam Street from the Maqta bridge area. Construction is in progress to be completed by Q1 2011. Abu Dhabi Municipality Parsons International - Dubai Mohamed Abdulmohsin Kharafi & Sons Burj duBAi - 29 Burj duBAi Blvd resideNces (FrANK williAms tower) 200 Execution The project will involve the constructions of high-rise 44 storey residential tower, varying in size from studio to two bedrooms. It will form part of the Burj Dubai development scheme. The podium will feature a health club, roof garden, swimming pool, multi-purpose room, children's wading pool, kid’s play area, resort-style pool deck, underground parking. Completion has been delayed to February 2012 due to financial issues. Emaar Properties PJSC Al Futtaim Carillion LLC luxury hotel - Al KhAN BeAch - shArjAh 177 Execution The project calls for the construction of 343 rooms hotel at Al Khan beach in Sharjah. Emco Building & Contracting has been awarded the main construction contract that will take 30 months to complete. Sheikh Abdullah Bin Salim Al Qassimi Qhc Architects & Enginners Emco Building & Contracting

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Career ladder Edexcel MENA regional director mark andrews urges construction companies to value staff or pay the price

ContaCt For further details on the jobs listed or to find out about other vacancies in the region, please email: max@kadtech.co.uk and quote the reference code. Don't forget to mention where you saw the advert. Jobs supplied by UK-based Alan & Partners recruitment firm.

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is the region's labour market unique and what challenges are posed? Apart from top management, jobs are almost always going to expatriates. With economies such as India growing, people will start to look at domestic markets rather than the Gulf.

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in the region suggest employees tend to feel that their management is not considerate and does not appreciate the work they do. Employees do not generally believe that the management will do what is best for them. A third factor is the highly-transient nature of the expat labour market which we can speak volumes about.

staff and is unable to complete projects and compete. Then there is the cost of replacing skills; finding industry- and role-specific skill sets. A third cost could be the investment lost in previous training, not to mention the lowering of morale among existing staff due to the exit of their colleagues, especially when they join competitors.

what are the risks of freezing pay rises and failing to promote staff in due course to cut costs?

what other research relating to retention in the regional construction sector has been conducted?

Generally speaking, employees are unmotivated and therefore less productive. They may also begin to feel unappreciated. These factors could compel them to abandon their current employer or the specific industry and look for opportunities elsewhere.

Research on specific sectors doesn't get enough attention in this region. It would be beneficial for industry if sectorspecific research was conducted. TBP

Companies in the Gulf lose millions of dollars annually due to volatile staff turnover attributed to fragile relationships between employers and employees, according to Edexcel

“with EConomiEs suCh as india GrowinG, pEopLE wiLL start to Look at domEstiC markEts rathEr than thE GuLF rEGion” However, while conditions in this region may be tough they are relatively better than those in other developing countries. Companies in the Middle East should take advantage of this to position themselves as what we term ‘employers of choice’; organisations that people actively search for and are proud and happy to work for.

what are the typical reasons for staff members leaving a construction company in this region? Unfortunately money is a key factor due to the high cost of living. The attitude or policies of the management is another; a number of polls undertaken

what are the consequences of having a high staff turnover? High staff turnover primarily leads to losing skills and, consequently, losing business since the company has less

HOW TO IMPROVE STAFF RETENTION    

Provide progression opportunities and adequate training offer benefits such as health insurance or adequate housing allowances for example recognise staff achievements to increase motivation and loyalty loyalty is a two-way street; employers cannot expect staff loyalty if the company is not loyal to its employee needs A fair package is essential; nothing is as demoralising or demotivating as the feeling that you are underpaid compared to peers in other industries

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OVERVIEW The Big Project delves into the trends affecting construction, engineering, architecture and light and heavy equipment in the Middle East and international markets. The monthly publication is a platform for bringing together key decision makers at senior management level to identify, discuss, debate and resolve matters at the forefront of the industry. The Big Project regularly hosts and reports on The Big Debate — a roundtable discussion attended by important industry players tackling the topics that lead the news agenda and best practice. Furthermore, the magazine uncovers the latest projects, forecasts opportunities, identifies upcoming markets and provides expert industry analysis and statistics for the region. And that’s in addition to the magazine’s monthly tenders, country focuses, special articles on sustainability, a recruitment and training section, guides to the latest products, technologies and events, and much more.

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Arabian Construction Week May 24-26 Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), UAE

May 5 Green Building Forum (part of gulfBID) Bahrain International Exhibition Centre Bahrain

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May 18-20 Facilities Management Expo Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre UAE May 18-20 The Hotel Show 2010 Dubai World Trade Centre UAE

May 23-26 Saudi AirCon 2010 and ConBuild Riyadh International Exhibition Centre Saudi Arabia June 1-4 Project Lebanon Forum de Beyrouth Beirut Lebanon June 7-9 Cityscape Jeddah Jeddah Centre for Forums and Events Saudi Arabia

Arabian Construction Week 2010 comprises three dedicated vertical trade exhibitions and global conferences, addressing sustainability, innovation and engineering, according to the organisers MECOM Forums and International Business Events (IBE). The three instalments are Greenbuild World Expo & Summit, Futurebuild Middle East and Civil Engineering Middle East. The event is expected to attract thousands of buyers from across the region. www.arabianconstructionweek.com

June 12-15 Cost-Effective Sustainable Design and Construction Saudi Arabia Summit Hilton Garden Inn Riyadh Olaya, Riyadh Saudi Arabia July 5-8 IranConmin Tehran Permanent Fairground Iran July 12-15 Erbil Trade Solo Building & Municipality Exhibition Erbil International Fairground Iraq July 30-august 2 International Building & Construction Industries Exhibition Tehran Permanent Fairground Iran

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Al habtoor Group chairman and founder khalaf al habtoor takes the stage at the organisation’s 40 th anniversary celebrations held at the habtoor Grand hotel in dubai last month.

>>award winnErs<< CitySCaPe awardS also celebrating this month were the winners of the Cityscape awards for real estate in Mena, announced during a ceremony at emirates Palace, abu dhabi on april 18: Best Mixed-Use Built development Burj Khalifa and Downtown Dubai Development by Emaar Properties Nominated by: Hyder Consulting Best Mixed-Use Future development Al Nasseem, Al Ain by Al Qudra Real Estate Nominated by: Al Qudra Real Estate and X-Architects Best residential Built development Loft 1, Istanbul, by Akfen Holding Nominated by: Tabanlioglu Architects Best residential Future development Baniyas/South Wathba Revitalisation, Abu Dhabi by Abu Dhabi UPC

Best Commercial, office, retail Built development The Yas Hotel, Abu Dhabi, UAE by Aldar Properties PJSC Best Commercial, office, retail Future development Yas Island Development, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi by Aldar Properties PJSC Best Sustainable development King Abdullah International Gardens, Riyadh, by Dr. Ibrahim Aldjain Nominated by: The Barton Willmore: Buro Happold joint venture — sponsored by the Riyadh Municipality architecture — Best Urban design & Master Planning Framework Plan for the city to complete the historic Eastern Harbour, Alexandria, Egypt by Emaar Properties & Ministries of Culture Egypt Nominated by: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM)

BaUMa innoVation awardS Machinery: SL 750 EiControlPlus shearer loader by Eickhoff Bergbautechnik GmbH Component: Energy-storage cylinder by Liebherr Hydraulikbagger GmbH Construction Process/work: Boring wells with the help of glass beads; a technique by Ochs Bohrgesellschaft mbH research: Acoustic geo scanner developed by Clausthal University of Technology, chair of Civil Engineering and International Mining

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